Episteme

Poesy plus Polemics

"Intersubjective Epistemology" Painting by Andrew Cambridge From annual.cofa.unsw.edu.au “Intersubjective Epistemology”
Painting by Andrew Cambridge
From annual.cofa.unsw.edu.au

all that we know
that we think that we know
holds the most of its truth
beyond reach of our minds

all that we see
that we think that we see
hides the most of itself
beyond reach of our eyes

all is intrinsic with mystery
much more complex
than the limited powers
of human perception

the death of a rose
the mechanics of rain
the precursors to time
the stuff of a sunbeam

we have eager science
to give us its clarity
vested in certainties
few of us challenge

our philosophers
pose the right questions
which few understand
and most tend to ignore

yet we manage to function
we trust our conceptions
carry on in the artifice
bliss of our ignorance

leaving we faithful
content to be taught
by an omniscient
omnibenevolent God

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