We are familiar with the consequences of studying a subject academically; that it can no longer be extricated from the academic treatment of the thing, with each renewed glance resurrecting the trained mindset, confined to the certainties and the uncertainties known to the observer–as if the subject can never be viewed again with innocent eyes, and never again freely speculated upon.

I cannot imagine why one might wish that thoughts of our very existence should acquire this quality.


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