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Re: Gospel of Thomas not Gnostic???

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  • gerryhsp
    >>We are getting caught up in terminology and definitions which If you called blue tagok it would still look blue.<< Hmmmm�����my favorite
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 17, 2002
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      >>We are getting caught up in terminology
      and definitions which If you called blue tagok it
      would still look blue.<<<br><br>Hmmmm�my favorite
      color, tagok.<br><br>That reminds me of a story, though,
      about a talented, artist friend from Richmond. I know
      I�ve posted this before, but hopefully not
      here.<br><br>In one of her university art classes, this woman�s
      professor had gazed over all his students� shoulders as
      they worked on painting a nude. She felt flattered
      when he asked if he could make an example of her work
      to the rest of the class. That feeling quickly gave
      way to mortification when he held up the canvas of a
      human figure depicted in drab olive and gray tones, and
      proceeded to explain, �Students, I want everyone to pay
      close attention�this is what happens when a color-blind
      artist refuses to ask for help!�<br><br>Until that
      moment, my friend had never realized that her perceptions
      differed so greatly from other people�s. After getting
      over the trauma of that embarrassment, she eventually
      learned to calculate �proper� color mixes by name. If she
      didn�t actually witness the paint come out of its tube,
      she had no certainty of its hue or tone.<br><br>So,
      while the color of something may have some objective
      consistency, we humans may find dissimilarity in how we each
      perceive it. In attempting to share our views with others,
      we can paint the world as we see it from a select
      handful of tubes, or go randomly choosing from daubs on a
      palette�we could easily create a masterpiece or an
      infinitely colorful mess.<br><br>While I would agree that
      people can quickly get so caught up in defining the
      terms that we lose sight of the topic, I also recognize
      that our language is far too imperfect to allow us all
      to share our thoughts 100% effectively.<br><br>In
      the end, I suppose we do the best we can�and whatever
      colors we choose, try not to paint with too broad a
      brush.<br><br>Gerry
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