07/13/2010 § Leave a comment

CLARITY Definition: Clarity

1. clearness of expression: the quality of being clearly expressed
2. clearness of thought: clearness in what somebody is thinking
3. clearness of reproduction: the quality of being clear in sound or image
4. transparent quality: the quality of being clear, pure, or transparent
[Early 17th century. < Latinclaritat-clarus “clear”]

[1] “Whoever knows he is deep, strives for clarity; whoever would like to appear deep to the crowd, strives for obscurity. For the crowd considers anything deep if only it cannot see to the bottom: the crowd is so timid and afraid of going into the water.” –  Friedrich Nietzsche

[2] “Clarity of mind means clarity of passion, too; this is why a great and clear
mind loves ardently and sees distinctly what he loves.” – Blaise Pascal

A confused mind cannot find clarity

“A confused mind seeking clarity will only further confuse itself, because a confused mind can’t find clarity. It’s confused; what can it do? Any search on its part will only lead to further confusion. I think we don’t realize that. When it’s confused, one has to stop – stop pursuing any activity. And the very stopping is the beginning of the new, which is the most positive action, positive in a different sense altogether. All this implies that there must be profound self-knowing: to know the whole structure of one’s thinking-feeling, the motives, the fears, the anxieties, the guilt, the despair. To know the whole content of one’s mind, one has to be aware, aware in the sense of observing, not with resistance or with condemnation, not with approval or disapproval, not with pleasure or no pleasure, just observing. That observation is the negation of the psychological structure of a society which says, ‘You must, you must not.’ Therefore, self-knowledge is the beginning of
wisdom, and also, self-knowledge is the beginning and the ending of sorrow. Self-knowing is not to be bought in a book, or by going to a psychologist and being examined analytically. Self-knowledge actually understands what is in oneself: the pains, the anxieties – seeing them without any distortion. Out of this awareness clarity comes into being.” – J.Krishnamurti, from his “Collected Works, Vol. XVII – 21”. JKrishnamurti


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