There is a cacophony in my mind...do you hear it too....cymbal crashing against cymbal, opinion grating against opinion, one truth hard up against another...the sounds are loudest when I stand near the one window which still remains open to the outside world.
The other windows and doors were closed taut and the drapes drawn tight to keep out the noises...the chattering noises of a thousand one-eyed oracles assuring the sights of tomorrow and a legion of flinch-less marksmen promising the successes of today...it has been their relentless failure to say what they mean, mean what they say, and deliver what they pledge that made it necessary to at long last shut them out.
Inside here I stand -- castled or fortressed? -- in a quiet sliver of silence moored inside a boisterous harbor in which liberty and rights are incensed highest upon the altars of faith ...in which a hundred discourses are regarded as better than one... and in which any one we are advised is just as worth honoring as any other.
I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. Having now done so much inside this room so long, yes now at last I understand.
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