Sunday, March 06, 2005

Quote: The World is an Enigma

Umberto Eco

"I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth."

When I read this I had the sense of a memory of some movie or book that tries to make this same claim. I think imagining this possibility is a useful mental exercise to help us see beyond our current circumstances. It's very easy to create all sorts of meaning and "underlying truth" that is simply a fictional design of our own mind.

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