Clarity, it turns out, is an important and elusive quality.
As we discuss in this episode of the Fortune podcast, the phrase is actually derived from the Greek “claus” meaning “not yet” and “kosmos” meaning the “center.”
So in the modern world, we often talk about the clarity of a book.
But the truth is, this is a very subjective and relative term.
To make a more concrete case, we can take a look at how the word “clarity” came to mean a set of specific features in the literary world.
The word was coined by a 19th-century Greek philosopher and critic named Hippolytus, who wrote the book On the Art of Writing in the Second Century B.C. He is known for defining the “real” and the “impersonal” in literature.
According to Aristotle, the real is the “first thing of our existence” while the “impossible” is “the next.”
The “impulsive” is the subject of “praiseworthy” poetry.
These are the things that make literature beautiful and alive, and these are the “unreal,” according to Hippolyto.
The idealistic poet of the Renaissance, Petrarch, was a perfect example of the Impossibility of Being.
He wrote that he had the best “sense of the world” and, as a result, he was able to create a unique poetry.
He was the ultimate Impossibilityist.
But, according to his biographer, Aristotle, he did not know anything about literature, nor did he read books.
He could only dream of writing his poems.
So, when Hippolytius was asked what made literature “good,” he replied, “The impossibility of being.”
In other words, it is not good to know the truth, it was only the “feeling” of the reader that he wanted to experience.
So it seems clear that “clash” is an idealist’s word for literature, but it is also the word that comes from the Greeks themselves.
In other terms, there is a clash between the “immensely” in the Greek and the immensity in the Latin.
In the Greek, the word means “to stand in” and in the word in Latin, it means “in the midst of.”
So, in the case of literary writing, we are talking about a kind of impossibility here, a clash of the “great” and all of its “impossibility.”
This is a problem, because the word is derived from a Greek word for “not.”
In Latin, “not” means “not to be.”
The Greek, “os” means, “something, something.”
So “not-to-be” is a word for something that is “not good.”
This sounds a little familiar.
It’s the same concept that is often found in the Bible, in Genesis, in Leviticus and so forth.
The concept of the good “impure” is similar to that of the Good “impurity.”
When it comes to the “good” in Christianity, it’s “not being good,” which is the exact opposite of the word for the good in the Greeks.
So when you hear the phrase “the world is full of impure” or “the whole world is filled with impure,” you’re hearing a description of the exact same kind of thing.
If you think about it, you’ll understand how this can make you feel uneasy.
In fact, it seems that this is what the Greek philosopher Aristotle meant when he said, “There is no need to seek God.
There is no one who seeks God but himself.”
We have to be “perfect” in order to truly be “good.”
And, in a way, the Greek concept of impurity is the perfect description of what makes literature so great.
As an example, we’ve already seen that “the poet has the greatest sense of the human soul,” which means that he is the best at finding “imperfect” things in the world.
He’s the one who can make “impracticable” things “impassable” and also “perfect.”
And he’s the best of all because he is “perfect,” according the Greek philosophers.
This means that his writing “has its greatest effect, as an artist or poet, in finding the best and the most impracticable things.”
We can see this in the way that “immediacy” and literary clarity are used to describe this sort of quality in literature as well.
In an essay published in the journal Critical Studies in 2004, philosopher Richard H. Carlucci wrote that clarity is the most important quality of a writer, but this quality is often neglected.
In particular, he said that clarity “must be an attribute that has a clear and decisive meaning and must have a meaning independent of the medium or medium-of-expression