The "Cloud Of Unknowing"
...a favorite of mine,
has become part of my opinion,
of which everything expressed here...IS!
Whether a poem, painting, phraseology of theology, the internal combustion engine, a Wagner Opera, architectural structure, sculpture, or a 'black hole' in outer space, matters little. I need know nothing about it, except how to paint or draw it, play it, compose it, fix it, preach it, carve it...and/or ENJOY it! My attempts to understand it will only fall short of real knowledge.
After all these things are gone--everything, even us, them and those--what is left will be but one attribute, one mark, one characteristic, and that one has forever been and is being given, received, sent, wanted, needed. It is used for supporting, healing, nurturing, helping...well, it is L O V E !
To understand love is not possible. To give without selfish motive, to graciously receive, to let this simplest, yet most profound love of my Higher Power shine through me is a goal. The real and true goal is to come closer to that Higher Power, GOD, in learning his will for me, and seek His help in how best to serve.
"Our intense need to 'understand' will always be a powerful stumbling block to our attempts to reach God in simple love, and must always be overcome. For if you do not overcome this need to understand, it will undermine your quest. It will replace the darkness which you have pierced to reach God with clear images of something which, however good, however beautiful, however Godlike, is not God."
"And so I urge you, go after experience rather than knowledge. On account of pride, knowledge may often deceive you, but this gentle, loving affection will not deceive you. Knowledge tends to breed conceit, but love builds. Knowledge is full of labor, but love, full of rest."
---The Cloud of Unknowing,
Anonymous c. 1375 AD