I keep coming across these words in my readings about Buddhism

- subtle: so delicate or precise as to be difficult to analyze or describe.
- ineffable: too great or extreme to be expressed or described in words
- transcendent: beyond or above the range of normal or merely physical human experience

A better word, albeit with some normative connotations would be “nonsense” at best, an attempt to manipulate someone’s behavior for nefarious goals at worst.

What can be said about the things we can’t describe and don’t know? Nothing. Seeing something in nothing is delusion.

If you can’t explain the soul, or prove it or disprove it, all you can say about it is that you don’t know anything. And this should have no impact on any decision what so ever.

So on topic X, we know nothing, therefore … what? We can derive no interesting conclusions. Not Pascals wager, nothing.

If we try something and it works for us, that is something. If we try something and it doesn’t work, it works for you, that is something.

It is time we start telling the ineffable to f-off.

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