Sorry, I had to ask…
November 13, 2013 9 Comments
“If you have to ask, you’ll never know.”
I don’t know how I should take that… but, I love the phrase — Okay! Sentence. Purist, pft! — because it favors intuition. In philosophy, for example, people are asked to explain why they believe what they believe. The problem is, though, that the reasons offered are, oft times, only an approximation of what they already believe through their intuitive, or prerational, thought.
It can also apply to aesthetics and more subjective fields. In courtship, for instance, if you are in a situation where you ask a woman out and she gives you an ambiguous reply — and you have to ask what she meant by her answer, it indicates a lack of discernment on your part, which no amount of explaining from her can account for.
It also applies to this note: if you have to ask what the hell I’m on about, no amount of explaining on my part will fully enable you to grasp my point of view.