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A boy stripped nude,
from his turban and gown.
Stood frozen in his place,
with a shivering frown.
__In silent humility,
__without voice or sound.

‘Tis the fate of chawing,
wads of razor and rule.
Cut tongue and bald head:
the blank slate of a fool.
__Paralyzed beyond hope,
__and ever-fed with a spoon.

Listen to the wisdom,
of Arabs in their youth.
‘Tis the sword, not the razor,
that defines the Truth.
__It slices through falsehood,
__without pity or ruth.(1)

And let not the Pen deceive,
An eager boy taught to “Read!”
‘Tis a wand that will cast,
a hunger you cannot feed.
__They serve but the Blade,
__The Master of the Reed.(2)

(1)
السيف أصدق أنباء من الكتب *** في حده الحد بين الجد واللعب (أبو تمام)

(2)
حتى رجعت وأقلامي قوائل لي *** المجد للسيف ليس المجد للقلم
أكتب بنا أبدا بعد الكتاب به *** فإنما نحن للأسياف كالخدم (المتنبي)ـ

Comments on: "Arab Philosophy (Epistemology)" (1)

  1. IS EPISTEMOLOGY NOT “THE LOVE OF KNOWLEDGE?” WELL THEN,I AM LOVING THIS PIECE.KEEP IT UP

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