# „We cannot expect to cross the rainbow bridge through a good act of contrition; that will not be sufficient. We have to understand.“

—  Terence McKenna, Context: There is a spiritual obligation, there is a task to be done. It is not, however, something as simple as following a set of somebody else's rules. The noetic enterprise is a primary obligation toward being. Our salvation is linked to it. Not everyone has to read alchemical texts or study superconducting biomolecules to make the transition. Most people make it naively by thinking clearly about the present at hand, but we intellectuals are trapped in a world of too much information. Innocence is gone for us. We cannot expect to cross the rainbow bridge through a good act of contrition; that will not be sufficient. We have to understand. Whitehead said, "Understanding is the apperception of pattern as such"; to fear death is to misunderstand life. Cognitive activity is the defining act of humanness. Language, thought, analysis, art, dance, poetry, mythmaking: these are the things that point the way toward the realm of the eschaton. We humans may be released into a realm of pure self-engineering. The imagination is everything. This was Blake's perception. This is where we came from. This is where we are going. And it is only to be approached through cognitive activity. "New Maps of Hyperspace" (1989); originally published in Magical Blend magazine, also in The Archaic Revival: Speculations on Psychedelic Mushrooms, the Amazon, Virtual Reality, UFOs, Evolution, Shamanism, the Rebirth of the Goddess, and the End of History (1992) http://www.erowid.org/culture/characters/mckenna_terence/mckenna_terence_maps_hyperspace.shtml
1946 - 2000

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—  Bhakti Tirtha Swami American Hindu writer 1950 - 2005
Books, Spiritual Warrior, Volume III: Solace for the Heart in Difficult Times (Hari-Nama Press, 2000), Chapter 8 - How To Strengthen Ourselves

### „It is God’s will, as to mine understanding, that we have Three Manners of Beholding His blessed Passion. The First is: the hard Pain that He suffered, — with contrition and compassion. And that shewed our Lord in this time, and gave me strength and grace to see it.“

—  Julian of Norwich English theologian and anchoress 1342 - 1416
The Eighth Revelation, Chapter 21

### „If we do not understand furniture we cannot understand the city“

—  Constantinos Apostolou Doxiadis Greek architect 1914 - 1975
Building Entopia - 1975, Chapter 6, The furniture, p. 70

### „… wedo not admire whatwe cannot understand.“

—  Marianne Moore, Complete Poems

### „It pleaseth Him that we seek Him and worship through means, understanding that He is the Goodness of all.“

—  Julian of Norwich English theologian and anchoress 1342 - 1416
The First Revelation, Chapter 6, Context: It pleaseth Him that we seek Him and worship through means, understanding that He is the Goodness of all. For the Goodness of God is the highest prayer, and it cometh down to the lowest part of our need. It quickeneth our soul and bringeth it on life, and maketh it for to waxen in grace and virtue. It is nearest in nature; and readiest in grace: for it is the same grace that the soul seeketh, and ever shall seek till we know verily that He hath us all in Himself enclosed. For He hath no despite of that He hath made, nor hath He any disdain to serve us at the simplest office that to our body belongeth in nature, for love of the soul that He hath made to His own likeness.

### „Understanding human motivation ought to be a good thing. It should help us to find out what we really want so that we can avoid chasing rainbows that are not for us. It should open up opportunities for self-development if we apply motivational principles to pursuing our goals in life.“

—  David C. McClelland American psychological theorist 1917 - 1998
David C. McClelland (1978). "Managing motivation to expand human freedom". American Psychologist. 33 (3): 201

### „Animals and plants cannot understand our business, so we have denied that they can understand their own.“

—  Samuel Butler novelist 1835 - 1902
The Note-Books of Samuel Butler (1912), Part VI - Mind and Matter, Context: Animals and plants cannot understand our business, so we have denied that they can understand their own. What we call inorganic matter cannot understand the animals’ and plants’ business, we have therefore denied that it can understand anything whatever. Organic and Inorganic

### „The Bible is very easy to understand. But we Christians are a bunch of scheming swindlers. We pretend to be unable to understand it because we know very well that the minute we understand, we are obliged to act accordingly.“

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### „Hope is impossible unless we experience empathy and identification. We cannot feel hopeful that things will be OK unless someone understands what we are going through and gets it.“

—  John Townsend Canadian clinical psychologist and author 1952
Where Is God (2009, Thomas Nelson publishers)

### „What interest, zest, or excitement can there be in achieving the right way, unless we are enabled to feel that the wrong way is also a possible and a natural way, — nay, more, a menacing and an imminent way? And what sense can there be in condemning ourselves for taking the wrong way, unless we need have done nothing of the sort, unless the right way was open to us as well? I cannot understand the willingness to act, no matter how we feel, without the belief that acts are really good and bad.“

—  William James American philosopher, psychologist, and pragmatist 1842 - 1910
1880s, The Dilemma of Determinism (1884)

### „What I would like to see is a greater degree of interaction that will lead to a much better cross-cultural understanding than what we have in Fiji today.“

—  Epeli Ganilau Fijian politician 1951
Guest speech to the conference of the Fiji Labour Party, Lautoka, 30 July 2005

### „We read to understand, or to begin to understand. We cannot do but to read. Reading almost as much as breathing, is our essential function.“

—  Alberto Manguel writer 1948
A History of Reading (1996), The Last Page, p. 7.

### „We cannot exert our understanding without from time to time understanding something of importance; and this act of understanding may be accompanied by the awareness of our understanding, by the understanding of understanding, by noesis noesos, and this is so high, so pure, so noble an experience that Aristotle could ascribe it to his God.“

—  Leo Strauss Classical philosophy specialist and father of neoconservativism 1899 - 1973
Liberalism Ancient and Modern (1968), “What is liberal education,” p. 8

### „Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.“

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson American philosopher, essayist, and poet 1803 - 1882

### „Unless I understand the Cross, I cannot understand why my commitment to what is right must be precedence over what I prefer.“

—  Ravi Zacharias, I, Isaac, Take Thee, Rebekah: Moving from Romance to Lasting Love
2000s, [I, Isaac, Take Thee, Rebekah: Moving from Romance to Lasting Love, 2005, 9781418515812, http://books.google.com/books?id=lhWCB2v3UlQC&pg=PA43&dq=%22Unless+I+understand+the+Cross%22, 43]

### „In a crystal we have the clear evidence of the existence of a formative life-principle, and though we cannot understand the life of a crystal, it is none the less a living being.“

—  Nikola Tesla Serbian American inventor 1856 - 1943
In 'The Problem of Increasing Human Energy: With Special Reference to the Harnessing of the Sun’s Energy', Century Illustrated Magazine (Jun 1900), 60, No. 2, 180.

### „Why, when the world gets to understand about it I expect that two men or two women, or a man and a woman, will come in here, and say to me, 'We have quarrelled and outraged each other, we have injured our friend, our wife, our husband; we regret, we would forgive, but we cannot, because we remember. Put between us the atonement of forgetfulness, that we may love each other as of old.“

—  Edward Bellamy American author and socialist 1850 - 1898
Dr. Heidenhoff's Process http://www.gutenberg.org/files/7052/7052-h/7052-h.htm (1880), Ch. 11.

### „What I have learned from my travels is that by listening at least as much as we speak, and by trying to understand before we act, we perhaps stand a better chance of coming up with the right answers…“

—  Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall second wife of Prince Charles 1947
The Duchess of Cornwall speaking in 2007 Unsourced

### „Gentlemen, that is surely true, it is absolutely paradoxical; we cannot understand it, and we don't know what it means. But we have proved it, and therefore we know it must be the truth.“

—  Benjamin Peirce American mathematician 1809 - 1880
On Euler's identity, $e^{i \pi} + 1 = 0. \,\!$ as quoted in notes by W. E. Byerly, published in Benjamin Peirce, 1809-1880 : Biographical Sketch and Bibliography (1925) by R. C. Archibald; also in Mathematics and the Imagination (1940) by Edward Kasner and James Newman.

### „How can we design improvement in large systems without understanding the whole system, and if the answer is that we cannot, how is it possible to understand the whole system?“

—  C. West Churchman American philosopher and systems scientist 1913 - 2004
1960s - 1970s, C. West Churchman, Challenge to Reason (1968), p. 2; cited in '" C. West Churchman — 75 years" by Werner Ulrich, in Systems Practice (December 1988), Volume 1, Issue 4, p. 341-350

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