The Five Pillars of Innocence

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In the beginning there was the Great Páhaná and he said many things all of which were conveniently forgotten and yet some remained as ripples on a lake.

Then there came the stillness of time and dreams were recorded by the dreamers of Saärdés at the Edge of Chaos.  There they sang the five pillars of innocence and I heard them one day while in between wakefulness and sleep and wrote them down for posterity, but mostly for myself.

These are the sacred commandments of the philosophy of innocence:


The first commandment of innocence is that thou shall reject; for some questions should never be asked, as some answers should never be sought; this is applied ignorance.  To practice it, know yourself.

The second commandment of innocence is that thou shall accept; for doublethink is the necessity of an intelligent man to hold two diametrically opposite ideas as equally true, and to believe in both; this is applied agnosticism.  To practice it, know the world.

The third commandment of innocence is that thou shall marvel; for to understand the structure of something is to de-mystify it, though even in de-mystification the bizarrity of the miracle does not vanish, it is merely obscured by our arrogance and ego; this is applied mysticism.  To practice it, know the child.

The fourth commandment of innocence is that thou shall ignore; for some things exist to boggle your mind; this is applied absurdity.  To practice it, know the unknown.

The fifth commandment of innocence is that thou shall dream; for if something is unnecessary, useless, outdated, anachronistic, or trivial you must treasure it; this is applied nostalgia.  To practice it, know your heart and soul.

Konrad Tademar- September 26, 1995
An excerpt from “Prometheus, the Diary of a Poet” – Book II: the Jigsaw, Epistle III

2 Comments
  1. Lynne Levandowski says

    Interesting concepts. Made me have to think a little bit.

  2. Arshia Malik says

    This is an excellent summation and a wonderful expansion of the Greek philosophical thought – know thyself!
    My congratulations to you Konrad for this deeply poignant and yet simplistic view.

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