Favorite Audio Logs From The Witness, Part 5

Howdy folks!  Hope you made the best of these rainy days we’ve had the past few days.  It’s been a while since I showcased some more of my favorite audio logs from The Witness, so I figured I’d do another one right now.

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Let’s get right to it –here are more of my favorite audio logs from the game.

Audio Log #1: Boat

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Suppose a boat is crossing a river, and another empty boat is about to collide with it.  Even an irritable man would not lose his temper.  But supposing there was someone in the second boat.  Then the occupant of the first would shout to him to keep clear.  And if the other did not hear the first time, nor even when called three times, bad language would inevitably follow.  In the first case there was no anger, in the second there was; because in the first case the boat was empty, and in the second it was occupied.  And so it is with man.  If he could only roam empty through life, who would be able to injure him?

~ Zhuangzi, 4th century B.C.

Audio Log #2: Non-being

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We join spokes together in a wheel, but it is the center hole that makes the wagon move.  We shape clay into a pot, but it is the emptiness inside that holds whatever we want.  We hammer wood for a house, but it is the inner space that makes it livable.  We work with being, but non-being is what we use.

~ Lao Tzu, 6th century BC

Audio Log #3: Peak

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Lustily, I dipped my oars into the silent lake, and, as I rose upon the stroke, my boat went heaving through the water like a swan; when, from behind that craggy steep, till then the horizon’s bound, a huge peak, black and huge, as if with voluntary power instinct, upreared its head. I struck and struck again, and growing still in stature, the grim shape towered up between me and the stars. . . .But after I had seen that spectacle, for many days my brain worked with a dim and undetermined sense of unknown modes of being; o’er my thoughts there hung a darkness, call it solitude, or blank desertion.

~ William Wordsworth, 1888

Audio Log #4: Shipowner

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A shipowner was about to send to sea an emigrant-ship.  He knew that she was old, and not well built at the first; that she had seen many seas and climes, and often had needed repairs.  Doubts had been suggested to him that possibly she was not seaworthy.  These doubts preyed upon his mind, and made him unhappy; he thought that perhaps he ought to have her thoroughly overhauled and refitted, even though this should put him at great expense.  Before the ship sailed, however, he succeeded in overcoming these melancholy reflections.  He said to himself that she had gone safely through so many voyages and weathered so many storms that it was idle to suppose she would not come safely home from this trip also.  He would put his trust in Providence, which could hardly fail to protect all these unhappy families that were leaving their fatherland to seek for better times elsewhere.  He would dismiss from his mind all ungenerous suspicions about the honesty of builders and contractors.  In such ways he acquired a sincere and comfortable conviction that his vessel was thoroughly safe and seaworthy; he watched her departure with a light heart, and benevolent wishes for the success of the exiles in their strange new home that was to be; and he got his insurance-money when she went down in mid-ocean and told no tales.  What shall we say of him? Surely this, that he was verily guilty of the death of those families.  It is admitted that he did sincerely believe in the soundness of his ship; but the sincerity of his conviction can in no wise help him, because he had no right to believe on such evidence as was before him.  He had acquired his belief not by honestly earning it in patient investigation, but by stifling his doubts.  And although in the end he may have felt so sure about it that he could not think otherwise, yet inasmuch as he had knowingly and willingly worked himself into that frame of mind, he must be held responsible for it.

~ William K. Clifford, 1874


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