Friday, September 22, 2006

drawing a line

The more you immerse yourself in books – in words, thoughts, ideas, notes, footnotes, anecdotes, history, geography, historiography, et al – there’s one thing that screams out at you from every page: YOU KNOW NOTHING!!! And if this is what the pursuit of knowledge and ideas is all about, so be it. Because there’s so much we know, and that much more we don’t.

But what I know is that reading, and understanding, leads to one thing dangerous –opinions. And the minute you have an opinion – even if it is about the lack of hair on SRK’s chest – you draw a line. Between you and those who don’t agree. Between those that are with you and between those that aren’t, or even worse those diametrically opposite and in opposition to you. Ah! There’s so much we need to know…and so do you.


Jubin George said...

And when too many lines are drawn, one naturally tend to be lost in the maze :)

Shenoy said...

But not if every line is a continuation of the previous line. In which case, there is no maze, only a continuum of opinions from a unified perspective. Even if it was otherwise, – as Theseus would say – the Labyrinth holds no fear for those that have a (the?) Clue. Anyways, am one of those people who uses the Maze to keep people out, rather than to fence myself in and get lost.

And on that note, here’re are few lines:

A line here, a line there, everywhere a line line
A thin line, baseline, the bottom line
A guideline, streamline, the borderline
Bustline, hairline, beltline
Beeline, feline, incline
Headline, hemline, bloodline
Plotline, storyline
Finish line

A piece asinine by shenoy