# Back to the rough ground!

“The more narrowly we examine actual language, the sharper becomes the conflict between it and our requirement.  (For the crystalline purity of logic was, of course, not a result of investigation: it was a requirement.)  The conflict becomes intolerable; the requirement is now in danger of becoming empty.—We have got on to slippery ice where there is no friction and so in a certain sense the conditions are ideal, but also, just because of that, we are unable to walk.  We want to walk: so we need friction.  Back to the rough ground!”

Ludwig Wittgenstein
Philosophical Investigations, #107

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