You find that by dispensing with “is” and by trying to reformulate without “is”, you naturally fall into the kind of expression which is considered acceptable in modern science. And also, it’s the type of consciousness that Zen Buddhism tries to induce. Using E-Prime you will understand modern science and Zen Buddhism both a lot better than you’ve ever understand them before. Martin Gardner has written a long essay proving that to think like this will destroy your mind. I think it adds tremendously to clarity! I am removing the “is” from my writing more and more. Removing it from your speech is even harder.
I started thinking: [to say] “the grass is green” [is to say] “the grass seems green to me.” The saves me a lot of time, by the way. I don’t get embroiled in arguments like “Beethoven is better than Mozart” or “rock is better than soul”. I define such things as meaningless, so when people involved in arguments like that, I think, well, Beethoven seems better to me than Mozart to me most of the time. I don’t say “Beethoven is better than Mozart.”" @2 months ago with 16 notes
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