The Heart of Knowing

John Carey

Answers can be sought, and much achieved, in writing, in lecturing, in attempts to reform educational systems. But the final answer must lie, as it has always done, in each of us individually. We must each learn to recognise a distinction between two kinds of knowledge: one pertaining to the outer world and the incalculable multiplicity of its disparate phenomena; the other forming a part of an internal journey, and participating in the wholeness of our being. The essential difference, as Blake never tired of saying, is not in what is known but in how it is known.

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Originally published in India International Centre Quarterly. Republished here with thanks.