Yes begets no, good begets bad, left begets right – such is the symmetry of verbal things. Yet symmetry begets asymmetry. So to assert a truth is to invite its denial; to praise a value is to invite a scoffer. It hardly seems worthwhile to assert or deny at all. Yet silence begets noise. So when I wish for silence I often speak and when I speak I wish for silence. Thus, if I speak of big things, may I do so humbly and may my words reach toward a rarified clarity or an unresolvable ambiguity.