Experiential Intuition Versus Adherence to Authority

If It Says So

A map is not a guess
An estimation or a hunch
A feeling or a foolish intuition

A map is a dependable
Unwavering, inarguably accurate
Portrayer, of your position

Never trust your ears
Your nose, your eyes
Putting faith in them
Is most unwise
Here’s a phrase you all
Must memorise
In the printed word
Is where truth lies

Never trust your tummies
Tails, or toes
You can’t learn a thing
From any of those
Here’s another fact
I must disclose
From the mighty pen
True wisdom flows

If it says so
Then it is so
If it is so
Well so it is
A thought’s not fit to think
‘Til it’s printed in ink
Then it says so
So it is

Never trust that thing
Between your ears
Brains will get you nowhere fast
My dears
Haven’t had a need
For mine in years
On the page is where
The truth appears

If it says so
Then it is so
If it is so
So it is
A thought’s not fit to think
‘Til it’s printed in ink
Never differ from or doubt it
Or go anywhere without it

Thank goodness we’ve got this

So we don’t need to fret about it
If it says so
So it is

From: Pooh’s Grand Adventure


  1. Rufus McCain says

    I was watching this with my daughter yesterday and was struck by it. I often feel an acute tension in my own life between obedience to dogmatic authority and the subjective experience of faith as a sort of flying by the seat of my own pants. It seems to me there’s got to be a balance and it’s easy to fall off one side of the horse or the other. If I had to fall off that horse, though I guess I’d prefer to fall off on the side of subjective experience and intuition. That might be a big part of the reason I became a Catholic — in order to take care of the submission to authority part of life and thus relax into subjective experience with even greater glee.

  2. Quin Finnegan says

    Thanks, Rufus; I’ve been trying to put my finger on that for a long time now. I’m beginning to think that Objectivity and Subjectivity really just make up yet one more tired dualism.

    We might as well just throw in the towel and become Zoroastrians.

  3. Rufus McCain says

    Korrektiv.org now the #1 Zoroastrian website in North America.

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