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If you don’t look at things through your concepts, you’ll never be bored. 

Every single thing is unique. 

Every sparrow is unlike every other sparrow despite the similarities. 

It’s a great help to have similarities, so we can abstract, so that we can have a concept. 

It’s a great help, from the point of view of communication, education, science. 

But it’s also very misleading and a great hindrance  to seeing this concrete individual. 

If all you experience is your concept,  you’re not experiencing reality,  because reality is concrete. 

The concept is a help, to lead you to reality, but when you get there, 

you’ve got to intuit or experience it directly.

Anthony de Mello. sj.

photo david friel


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