All Things Shining

Thomas Thinks and Finds Things Interesting

“In deciphering and interpreting [writing], a miracle takes place: the transformation of something alien and dead into total contemporaneity and familiarity. This is like nothing else that comes down to us from the past. The remnants of past life—what is left of buildings, tools, the contents of graces—are weather-beaten by the storms of time that have swept over them, whereas a written tradition, once deciphered and read, is to such an extent pure mind that it speaks to us as if it is present. That is why the capacity to read, to understand what is written, is like a secret art, even a magic that frees and binds us.” - Gadamer, Truth and Method pg 163

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