Sun 8 May, 2011 08:57 pm
Though reason and I are well acquainted,
I now see the world through an altered prism,
In the heart of hearts dwell truths untainted
by enthymeme or syllogism
NOTE: enthymeme (an abbreviated syllogism) is not a word you encounter frequently. I happen to know it because I was an undergraduate philosophy major, and as such was marinated in Aristotelian logic, rhetoric etc., AND the word fit perfectly in what I wanted to say.
At the risk of seeming boorish I'll add that this tiny poem reflects one of my longest-held convictions, ie. that reason can only take us so far. ....and when I first heard Pascal's famous saying* it was like water in the desert to me. So, this is my little tribute to him.
*'The heart has its reasons which reason knows nothing of.'