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January 4th, 2012

Writer's Block: Trivia Day

Don’t cheat. Do you know how many countries there are in the world?
Do i count the Vatican? Do i count the Oneida nation which issues its own passports? Do i count Palestine? There are approximately 200 more or less. Some lists contain over 220 names but some of these are independent only because of distance from other countries or because nobody is interested in them.

Starlight and Non-Being, and Etcetera

8: Existence and non-existence

Starlight [the points of light all over the sky] asked Non-entity, saying,

'Master, do you exist? Or Don't you exist?'

He got no answer to his question, however, and looked steadfastly to the appearance of the other, which was that of a deep void. All day long he looked to it, but could see nothing; he listened for it, but could hear nothing; he clutched at it, but got hold of nothing. Starlight then said,

'Perfect! Who can attain to this? I can (conceive the ideas of) existence and non-existence, but I cannot (conceive the ideas of) non-existing non-existence, and still there be a non-existing existence. How is it possible to reach to this?'

Chuang Tzu Based on James Legge's Translation - The Gold Scales

When Starlight spoke thus:  "This is IT!
                                         This is the furthest yet! Who can reach it?
                                          I can comprehend the absence of Being
                                          But who can comprehend the absence of Nothing?
                                          If now, on top of all this, Non-Being IS,
                                          Who can comprehend it?"
Astrophysics, Mysticism, and Quantum Mechanics
who were seated with Starlight,
nodded their heads in agreement.

Atheism and Theism
Who were sitting close enough to hear,
But too far away to understand
Glanced at each other
and smirked.
Then they began to talk,
and talk, and talk, and talk.

Chuang Tzu (22:8), Thomas Merton, and me.

Wendell Berry: The Wild Geese

.......Geese appear high over us,
pass, and the sky closes. Abandon,
as in love or sleep, holds
them to their way, clear,
in the ancient faith: what we need
is here. And we pray, not
for new earth or heaven, but to be
quiet in heart, and in eye
clear. What we need is here.

Wendell Berry: The Wild Geese

Officially Good Blood!

Saw Dr. Z (Hematologist/Taoist) who looked at my latest blood sample profile and said: "I don't think there's anything wrong with you at all."  My red cells are still large (small possibility of myelodysplasia) but that likely means nothing.  My hemoglobin and white cells are normal.  He wants to recheck me in three months but sees no problems.



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