IN
IN
COMMON
COMMON
PARLANCE,
PARLANCE,
WE
WE
USUALLY
USUALLY
SPEAK
SPEAK
OF
OF
REFLECTIONS
REFLECTIONS
IN
IN
ONE
ONE
TWO
TWO
WAYS.
WAYS.
EITHER
EITHER
IN
IN
THE
THE
PHYSICAL
PHYSICAL
SENSE:
SENSE:
THAT
THAT
OF
OF
LIGHT
LIGHT
REFRACTING
REFRACTING
OFF
OFF
OF
OF
A
A
SMOOTH
SMOOTH
SURFACE
SURFACE
TO
TO
PRODUCE
PRODUCE
A
A
MIRROR
MIRROR
IMAGE,
IMAGE,
OR
OR
METAPHORICALLY,
METAPHORICALLY,
REFERRING
REFERRING
TO
TO
IDEAS
IDEAS
OR
OR
THOUGHTS
THOUGHTS
ARRIVED
ARRIVED
AT
AT
AFTER
AFTER
DEEP
DEEP
CONTEMPLATION.
CONTEMPLATION.
WHILE
WHILE
AT
AT
ONE
ONE
MOMENT,
MOMENT,
THE
THE
METAPHOR
METAPHOR
TYING
TYING
THE
THE
TENOR
TENOR
TO
TO
ITS
ITS
VEHICLE
VEHICLE
FEELS
FEELS
SOMEWHAT
SOMEWHAT
OBVIOUS
OBVIOUS
AND
AND
SELF-
SELF-
EVIDENT,
EVIDENT,
IT
IT
STARTS
STARTS
TO
TO
CONFOUND
CONFOUND
ITSELF
ITSELF
THE
THE
LONGER
LONGER
I
I
THINK
THINK
ABOUT
ABOUT
IT.
IT.
IF
IF
IT
IT
IS
IS
ONLY
ONLY
WHEN
WHEN
OUR
OUR
SUBJECTIVITY
SUBJECTIVITY
FAILS
FAILS
US
US
IN
IN
TRYING
TRYING
TO
TO
UNDERSTAND
UNDERSTAND
SOMETHING,
SOMETHING,
WHY
WHY
SHOULD
SHOULD
THE
THE
METAPHOR
METAPHOR
WE
WE
TURN
TURN
TO
TO
BE
BE
OF
OF
THE
THE
LONELY
LONELY
SUBJECT
SUBJECT
GAZING
GAZING
UPON
UPON
ITSELF?
ITSELF?
I
I
WONDER
WONDER
WHY
WHY
WE
WE
INSIST
INSIST
ON
ON
MAKING
MAKING
CONTEMPLATION
CONTEMPLATION
SUCH
SUCH
A
A
SOLITARY
SOLITARY
ACT?
ACT?
THIS
THIS
SITE
SITE
IMAGINES
IMAGINES
A
A
MORE
MORE
DIALECTICAL
DIALECTICAL
METHOD
METHOD
OF
OF
SELF-
SELF-
UNDERSTANDING—
UNDERSTANDING—
ONE
ONE
IN
IN
WHICH
WHICH
SUBJECTS
SUBJECTS
MUST
MUST
INTERACT
INTERACT
WITH
WITH
OBJECTS,
OBJECTS,
PULLING
PULLING
WORDS
WORDS
FROM
FROM
THE
THE
SMOOTH
SMOOTH
SURFACES
SURFACES
TO
TO
REVEAL
REVEAL
THEIR
THEIR
FULL
FULL
FORMS.
FORMS.
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