“Cloud of Unknowing” on Affection
“And so I urge you, go after experience rather than knowledge. On account of pride, knowledge may often deceive you, but this gentle, loving affection will not deceive you. Knowledge tends to breed conceit, but love builds. Knowledge is full of labor, but love, full of rest.”
-Anon. from Cloud of Unknowing, 14th Century
For those who are familiar with his work, am I the only one who can’t help but read Michel Henry’s “Radical Phenomenology” back into this quote? Further proof of the undeniable influence of Medieval mysticism upon French phenomenology.