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Author QuotedKitaro Nishida
Title Quotedstudy of good / Kitaro Nishida ; transl. by V.H. Viglielmo
Date (Year/Month/Day)1965/03/05
ImprintTokyo : Print. Bureau. Japanese Govt. 1960
QuotationNishida Kitaro-just what I am looking for. For example I see my objection to the cliche about "meaningful experienc" (as if it was "meaninglessness" that made experience somehow real and worth while. "Experienc" is made "meaningful" by being referred to something else, a system, or perhaps a report of someone else's experiences, and therefore its quality is diminished. So the ambiguity of meaningfulness is exposed. When experience is "meaningful" in this sense it is unreal-or less real. To live always outside of experience as if this were a fullness of experience: this is one of the basic ambiguities of written thought).
JournalDancing in the Water of Life: Seeking Peace in the Hermitage. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 5, 1963-1965.; Edited by Robert E. Daggy. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1997, p. 214
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