Describing the fragrance of a rose

The Chinese philosopher Lao-Tzu used to say: ‘Those who know, do not say; and those who say, do not know.’ It makes me think of the intellectual arrogance of those who so quickly ridicule the faith that has sustained countless millions, inspired the ideals that created our humanitarian society and energised the minds of many of its greatest thinkers. Do they really think that their infinitesimally microscopic understanding of the Universe is sufficient for them to pontificate on the meaning behind it all? Lao-Tzu also once asked a group of people which of them knew the fragrance of a rose; they all said they did. Then he asked them to put it into words, and all of them were silent.
In the same way, just because God is beyond description doesn’t mean God is beyond knowing.’

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