The ladder


“My propositions are elucidatory in this way: he who understands me finally recognises them as senseless, when he has climbed out through them, on them, over them. (He must so to speak throw away the ladder, after he has climbed up on it.)”

~ Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951)



7 thoughts on “The ladder

  1. This is a profound statement, although I had to read through it three times and I’m still not sure I understand it. All the thought and belief structures we build–religion, philosophy, even science, are only scaffolding and meant to be temporary. The real breakthroughs can’t really be put into words. There is power in them, in those bright moments, but the feeling and the insight are far beyond the feeble metaphors we use to describe them.

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