It seems obvious that thoughts might be more or less profound when compared to other thoughts. Nevertheless, to say that thought itself is profound seems a bit like saying the map is more profound than the terrain the map refers to. So, perhaps, all thought — even the most profound thought — is shallow when compared to what the thought is of or about. In other words, reality is always more profound than anything we can think of or about reality. Should that disturb us?
Yes, I think at times it should disturb us. Consider the notion — very common in the West — that we are in some manner profoundly changed by our beliefs. For instance, we Westerners — and even some of us who are not Westerners — think it rather profoundly changes us to go from atheism to theism, or back again.
But atheism and theism are just beliefs. No matter how fervently held, no mater how elaborately rendered, those beliefs are shallow compared to, say, any experience of reality that is unmediated by thought. Even belief in the world’s most profound creed is nothing compared to an immediate experience of the world. Yet, how often does our species of great ape take mere beliefs so grimly as to indulge in violent conflict over whose beliefs are considered more profound?
So, yes, I think it should in some way disturb us that reality is always more profound than anything we can think of or about reality because our species seems to invest so much time and effort into definining and grouping itself according to what individuals think.
At any rate, just some scattered late night thoughts.