There is a point of realization that one must come to in order for the thing that one is thinking thinking about to suddenly become clear. Like a pot of water that is set to boil, so can a mind be set to a fire that will eventually bring about knowledge. That knowledge can only be brought about by the force of friction of thoughts within ones consciousness as one explores various conditions and arguments on an internal question.
Thoughts and ideas come up with the help of coal. Fuel for the fire to burn even hotter is the search for knowledge that one must acquire in order to come to a realization of the question that one seeks an answer for, or an idea, a concept, that one seeks to understand beyond the superficial pillars that are visible to everyone. But to see these self-evident truths is not the point. The point of inquiry is to penetrate the exoskeleton of an idea – mystery – and examine its foundation.
Foundation itself is not to be taken for granted. Just as it is not enough for a construction-site foreman to know that cement is essential to the structural integrity of a foundation, so it is essential to know what binds the various aspects of an idea together in order to give it a structural integrity of its own – its essence and truth.
So it is not seeing the big picture that presents us with the optimal view of the subject in question. It is the deepest understanding of the internal laws and mechanism that allow us to gain the deepest understanding of the driving forces and the building blocks, which is required to understand the essence of truth.