If you can't understand it without an explanation, you can't understand it with an explanation.

You might have read that quote and thought, 'that sounded wise'

or perhaps you didn't.

But in your life, you have come across phrases where you did think

'Now that’s a serious piece of wisdom.'

But the question is:

How did you know that is was wise when you heard it?

Imagine I said something that was utterly surprising to you,

far beyond anything you'd ever heard before.

Even if I was right

you would probably say

'That's nonsense'

Instead, if I say something that you already believe,

more specifically, if I say something that is a clever-sounding re-organisation of your existing thoughts,

You will probably say

'Now that’s a serious piece of wisdom.'

In other words,

you already have the wisdom that you have observed through your own experiences

or absorbed from at times in your life when you were impressionable.

Is it really possible for me to change your mind

with ideas that don’t already live inside your head?

The title quote comes from Haruki Murakami's 1Q84

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