A Frog in a Well

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Jo of the North Sea said, “You can’t discuss the ocean with a well frog – he’s limited by the space he lives in. You can’t discuss ice with a summer insect – he’s bound to a single season. You can’t discuss the Way with a cramped scholar – he’s shackled by his doctrines. Now you have come out beyond your banks and borders and have seen the great sea – so you realize your own pettiness. From now on it will be possible to talk to you about the Great Principle.

~ Zhuangzi 17 Autumn Floods (translation Watson)

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If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is. infinite or man has closed himself up till he sees all things thro’ narrow chinks of his cavern.

~ William Blake The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

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