Saturday, 2 May 2009

Wipe the beak

Pascal says: 'the parrot wipes its beak although it is clean.' But of course it does. 'Continual cleaning' is necessary for cleanliness. The alternative is to wait until I am dirty before I clean myself, which establishes dirt as the ground of my being, and cleaning as the occasional remedy. But cleaning is prophylactic, not remedial.

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