The mind that is not baffled is not employed

Rodney Clapp quoted Wendell Berry in his lecture last night at the Glen:

It may be that when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work, and that when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings.

2 thoughts on “The mind that is not baffled is not employed

  1. The quote starts with this, which I find equally compelling: “There are, it seems, two muses: the Muse of Inspiration, who gives us inarticulate visions and desires, and the Muse of Realization, who returns again and again to say “It is yet more difficult than you thought.” This is the muse of form. It may be then that form serves us best when it works as an obstruction, to baffle us and deflect our intended course…”

    There’s also this from the last part of T.S. Eliot’s ‘The Four Quartets’
    “We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”

  2. Yes, and that very lack of certainty is the pulse, proof of being alive to what is.
    Reminds me of Yeats’ “the best lack all conviction and the worst are full of passionate intensity…”.

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