Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Quoth the craven, evermore

Numbers are an aspect of reality---what kind, even mathematicians disagree. To a non-math person it seems that they are the backbone, the rigidity of science. All the explanations of science largley neglect the math parts I notice. Anyway, if you want to be precise you go to the right of the decimal, and, maybe, just keep moving. 
So is it not odd that these same numbers let us avoid----reality? What brought this to mind was the way numbers of years can fudge an old mystical "method." The method is not one Jan Cox used himself, , though he mentioned it. He merely said, it was not helpful to him. My recollection is of an obvious sense when he spole that it was a perfectly valid method.  (By method I mean the doing of the mystical search, not the talking about that pursuit.) The tool then we are discussing is (odd how long it is taking me to come to the point here) is the remembering of your own  mortality. That you, the subject, whatever else you know, you know, you will die.  
Assuming that is clear, and even writing about it objectively requires some steeliness, numbers can let you avoid this fact. Yes, if you think, well who knows when I will die, and you think one hundred years, who knows I could live that long, some people do, it could happen,
you are escaping, turning from, averting your consciousness from the reality of ---reality.
Obviously I am not recommending this method. And I will recall to everyone, what Jan said, if you are not smiling you did not "get it." He did not find this method helpful. It is nice though to have an example of a method, in case we forget what methods even are. Because to speak of something actively being used by the speaker, is to diminish it's value for the speaker. 

Sunday, December 5, 2010

The meaning of freedom

how interesting that in a world of governments, of people with agenda, of mechanical struggle, of electronic monitoring,  the main---only--??--place of external freedom should be, the geographical place where it all began, --the place where men domesticated, fire, ---
caves of mexico
caves of asia
caves I don't know about
Notice I said external freedom.
The nature, possibilities, limits, meaning of
is at the heart of the teaching of Jan Cox.
And if you take the above to have any political slant,
you are reading the wrong blog.
Jan actually did address the world of history---he saw the individual struggle as where one sought knowledge alternatively between the world outside and that within
and he had marvelous things to say on the subject of the external.
Rather than risk wasting some energy in what he said, let me just mention one thing,
that change is, 
but the cycles are beyond that of the life span of the individual.
News that is new.