: the quality of being easily understood
: the quality of being expressed, remembered, understood, in a very exact way
: the quality of being seen or heard
: the quality or state of being clear : Lucidity
Clarity (n.): c. 1300, from Old French clarté “brightness,” from Latin claritas “brightness, splendor, “also of sounds, “clearness;” figuratively “celebrity, renown, fame,” from clarare “make clear,” from clarus “clear.”
Clear (adj.): late 13th century, “bright,” from Old French cler “clear” (of sight and hearing), “light, bright, shining; sparse” from Latin clarus “clear, loud,’ of sounds; figuratively “manifest, plain, evident,” also “illustrious, famous, glorious” (source of Italian chiaro, Spanish claro)
“One should use common words to say uncommon things”
Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860, German philosopher, best known for his 1818 work, The World as Will and Representation)
“Appearance blinds, whereas words reveal.”
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900, Irish writer who published several acclaimed books, including The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Importance of Being Earnest)
“We see in order to move; we move in order to see.”
William Gibson (b. 1948, age 67, an American-Canadian speculative fiction novelist and essayist who has been called the “noir prophet”)
“You're mind is working at its best when you're being paranoid. You explore every avenue and possibility of your situation at high speed with total clarity.”
Banksy (Englished-based master graffiti artist, political activist, and film director whose real identity is unknown.)
“You must read, you must persevere, you must sit up nights, you must inquire, and exert the utmost power of your mind. If one way does not lead to the desired meaning, take another; if obstacles arise, then still another; until, if your strength holds out, you will find that clear which at first looked dark.”
Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-375, Italian writer, poet, and Renaissance humanist; best known for The Decameron and On Famous Women)
“The coolness of Buddhism isn't indifference but the distance one gains on emotions, the quiet place from which to regard the turbulence. From far away you see the pattern, the connections, and the thing as whole, see all the islands and the routes between them. Up close it all dissolves into texture and incoherence and immersion, like a face going out of focus just before a kiss.”
Rebecca Solnit (b. 1961, age 54, writer, historian, activist, who has written on a variety of subjects, including the environment, politics, place, and art)
“The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one’s real and one’s declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish spurting out ink.”
George Orwell (1903-1950, b. Eric Arthur Blaire, George Orwell was his pen name; British novelist, essayist, journalist, and critic, best known for Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four)
The awakening process is about revealing the harmony and the contrast in our lives. It’s simple and challenging, because our journeys are filled with these awe-inspiring tours.
To awaken, we must experiment and be willing to misstep, stumble, fall, and fail. It can be an inevitable process. But, it’s damn exciting too, because there’s so much for us to learn about ourselves and about human nature. These experiences have the capacity to transform us for the better, especially if we keep our hearts and minds opened to the possibilities.
Challenges can escort us to a hall-of-mirrors where we are able to see and play with multiplex perspectives of our inner-selves. Our characters will be revealed, and it may scare the “BeJesus” out of us.
Pious individuals will doubt themselves and be tempted to fall to the side, and those who are arrogant and self-righteous will continue to speak until they know nothing. Those of us who are brave will jump off from our pedestals, willing to expose our vulnerabilities to reveal our strengths.
Our lives, our individual pilgrimages are what we all here to discover, a coursework of unique and creative problems to solve.
Clarity arrives from trusting, respecting, and honoring ourselves for our unique perspectives. When we do we will awaken multi-dimensionally for a divine and unifying purpose.
Free falling, anyone?