Adam Blatner

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Importuning the Great Mystery

Originally posted on August 1, 2013

To importune means to ask (someone) pressingly and persistently for or to do something. Other becomings (a better word than beings as all is in flux) elsewhere in the multi-verse do this too.


However we are, there are riddles. Huston Smith, the scholar of comparative religions, defines the words tellingly: A puzzle requires a knack, once you get it, voila! A problem is more ambiguous. What are generally called detective mysteries are really problems. A true mystery is something that, the more you discover about it, the more you also discover that there is yet much more to discover. I love this, and see it manifested in so many ways in cosmology, biology, whatever.

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