Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Ignorance

I am now reading "Philosophical writing: An Introduction" by A. P. Martinich. Beyond almost anything else, it is important to use the terms that anyone can understand. The flow of the arguments should satisfy the logical conclusion of the reader and explanation must be given when everyday words are used to meant something entirely different from their usual definitions. Apart from that, redundancies and repetitions should be reduced to the bare minimum,

I want to improve my writing, to let the readers understand what I am trying to say. There is no use in writing something, if it can only be understood by a few people.

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On a different note, yesterday I had a thought about something, specifically about reading and studying. Usually, when I am faced with a difficult book/subject, it has almost never crossed my mind, that should my learning be deterred by the stumbling block in digesting the material. Sooner or later, I will grasp more of it and understand more of the idea.

Last night, I just couldn't open any book to read. It was beyond my logical understanding, that if I were prepared to go for the extra miles to understand difficult philosophical ideas, why on earth can I not do the same for religious studies?

It was rather very long time ago since I last properly read the Quran, and its translation.

Not knowing enough of something should never mean forsaking the subject. One should be doing more to understand even more. As Charles Darwin once wrote; "It is always advisable to perceive clearly our ignorance"

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