Deceptive analogies

5 Mar

Observation and contemplation are obviously different from seeing and thinking, yet are sometimes used interchangeably, without changing the intended meaning.

“I was observing the world around me” and “I was seeing the world around me”, mean the same.

But the important part is internalizing and understanding what has been captured in that fleeting moment. Now two almost similar in construct scenarious or analogies can be interpreted very differently (it is a mistake to bias your mind towards the difference yet let’s continue)

Read the two lines –

1. What is more important the hand that wields the sword or the hand that forges it?

2. What is more important the hands that uses the quill or the hand that shapes it?

Similar in construct but not same, right??

I am not debating the right or wrong here. Just trying to point out that at first glance the two statements look similar in construct yet the answer to each with a little more contemplation can possibly be different.

Going back to the two statements, the first reaction for many would be hands that wields the sword and the hand that holds the quill.

But what if the hand that makes the sword doesn’t make it and the other hand doesn’t provide the quill. It does change something in case of sword, it compromises the strength of the hand without the sword and in turn compromises the ambition of the mind that would have wielded the sword. While without the quill nothing changes, quill was just a tool to reflect what was in the mind, and the possessor still has the tongue to convey his thoughts. While sword less hand is much compromised in strength, quill less hand not much he still can rely on the oral tradition, which in any case has been proven superior scientifically to teach and learn.

I have written earlier also though in jest (and in my enthu cutlet moods mixed saina and sania) analogies are made to highlight a point but are not parallel. And if that is so than precedent as a procedure and part of the process to pronounce judgements in courts of law is flawed way leading to possibly wrong conclusions in certain cases, as the assumed parallels could be faulty, they are just deceptively similar.

Thinking and contemplation also have the same relationship.

Contemplation is an immersive process focused towards absorption thinking on the other hand, in majority of cases action oriented or result oriented.

I could be wrong about thinking and myself a victim of my own self serving analogies and parallels, but it will serve me better if I take every act, every action as unique action and judge it for it’s merits and demerits.

To give an example as they say every life is unique and no two snowflakes are same. Hahahaha


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