Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Aphorisms and Interludes

If everything is holy, then nothing is holy.
If everything is an illusion, then nothing is an illusion.
Without its opposite, nothing can be.

Everything changes while staying the same.

6 Comments:

Anonymous smoo said...

We live in a world of duality: Good vs Evil, light vs dark etc. Yet one cannot be appreciated without its contrast to the other. When I was younger and first really appreciated this concept (and was more religious at the time), the first thing that came to mind was perhaps this is why on friday night we say the partial biblical sentence of 'Yom haShishee'(=Friday) and then say the Shabbat kiddush. We could never appreciate a holy day,one of rest etc without contrasting it to the rest of the ordinary/mundane week.

12:55 PM  
Blogger Fred said...

Duality, I think, is a faily modern construct which we chose to embrace because it is easier to define something by what it is not instead of what it is. I'm not Arabic, but what does it mean that I'm American, or Fred for that matter. For years, didn't 1 exist without the presence of -1? What a pleasant time.

1:30 PM  
Blogger B. Spinoza said...

smoo,

nice vort.

In contrast, Shabtai Tzvi violated the Torah because he felt that the only way to appreciate the good was by immersing himself in bad. That was his explanation, anyways

1:57 PM  
Blogger B. Spinoza said...

Fred,

that would be a high level indeed if we can perceive the world without duality. I believe that is the goal of the mystics, to view reality as a unity without duality. From human experience I don't know if it's possible (or even something good to aspire to), but let me know if you have any luck with that

3:59 PM  
Blogger Fred said...

That's a sad commentary. If you're saying that it's not possible to define yourself without the negative it seems to preclude free will. Free will, as I understand it, is a function of being able to make a decision not based purely on inputs (in this case negative templates) but on also what is in essense your being otherwise we'd be Turing machine. Without the negative templates you should still be able to examine your essense if you have free will. At least that's my opinion.

4:54 PM  
Blogger B. Spinoza said...

>Free will, as I understand it, is a function of being able to make a decision not based purely on inputs (in this case negative templates) but on also what is in essense your being

Free will, as you understand it, is a myth that I don't believe in

5:29 PM  

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