Perhaps Zen Buddhism can enlighten us. After all, Zen has promised us enlightenment for several hundred years now.
A Zen koan of long standing goes as follows: The roshi (Zen teacher) holds up a staff and says, "If you call this a staff, you affirm. If you say it is not a staff, you deny. Beyond affirmation or denial, what is it?"
I suggest that readers reflect on what has been said so far, about the Seven Forbidden Words and the "fussy mutt" and the killings in Northern Ireland. Reflect on "the map is not the territory" and "the menu is not the meal." Close the book, close your eyes, sit quietly, and think about this Zen riddle. Wait a minute and see if a light slowly dawns on you.