Perennial Philosophy in Riddle Form.”Riddle

Perennial Philosophy in Riddle Form.

“Riddle form” is an idiom I made up after about two minutes of thought about what to call the mode of teaching common to the Pre-Socratics, Christ, and eastern philosophers. If there is a commonly accepted name for this form of teaching, please tell me what it is. The mode of teaching is characterized by paradox, parable, and enigmatic statements- and above all, by brevity.

Nothing impedes certain ideas of Plato, Aristotle, and Thomas Aquinas from being put in riddle form, so I thought I’d try it.


1.) How many hammers replace the smith? To what fruit does the blossom grow?

2.) Do I choose that these seeds hit the earth, and this one hits the stone?

3.) Without the shrine, neither the pilgrim. Without heating, neither heat.

4.) The blind man can awake midday, and the man with sight, midnight.

5.) Listeners don’t divide the words among them.

6.) How many pictures are in the model, or loaves in the pan?

7.) One is left, another right, which is “hand”?

8.) How large is stone? could we make stone, to measure stone?

9.) If all is this, then these are not human.

10.) I define an extinct, and a kind that will not be.


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