Saturday, September 03, 2005

T.S. Elliot Said it half a century ago

The endless cycle of idea and action,
Endless invention, endless experiment,
Brings knowledge of motion but not of stillness,
Knowledge of speech, but not of silence,
Knowledge of words, and ignorance of the Word.
All of our knowledge brings us nearer to our ignorance,
All our ignorance brings us nearer to death,
But neerer to death no nearer to God,
Where is the life we have lost in living
Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?

"Choruses from the rock"
Collected Poems, 1909-1935
T.S. Elliot

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