Morning Trip (6)



“Nothing is an awe-inspiring yet essentially undigested concept, highly esteemed by writers of a mystical or existential tendency, but by most others regarded with anxiety, nausea, or panic. Nobody seems to know how to deal with it (he would of course), and plain persons generally are reported to have little difficulty in saying, seeing, hearing, and doing nothing.
The friends of nothing may be divided into two distinct though not exclusive classes: the know-nothings, who claim a phenomenological acquaintance with nothing in particular, and the fear-nothings, who, believing, with Macbeth, that “nothing is but what is not,” are thereby launched into dialectical encounter with nullity in general.



If nothing whatsoever existed, there would be no problem and no answer, and the anxieties even of existential philosophers would be permanently laid to rest. Since they are not, there is evidently nothing to worry about. But that itself should be enough to keep an existentialist happy. Unless the solution be, as some have suspected, that it is not nothing that has been worrying them, but they who have been worrying it.”
– P.L. Heath

“You may remember the story of how the devil and a friend of his
were walking down the street, when they saw ahead of them
a man stoop down and pick up something from the ground,
look at it, and put it away in his pocket.

The friend said to the devil, “What did that man pick up?”

“He picked up a piece of Truth,” said the devil.

“That is a very bad business for you, then,” said his friend.

“Oh, not at all,” the devil replied, “I am going to let him organize it.”
– Jiddu Krishnamurti

4 thoughts on “Morning Trip (6)

  1. Not sure which comments go with which post….but I really like the quote from Krishnamurti. As soon as human’s start trying to organize, trouble ensues! The Devil’s in the truth??? 🙂


    • Yes!! You have posted in the ‘proper’ place, though it might be interesting to puzzle an ‘improper’ placement.

      I was thinking about what Truth truly is, instead of the I WANT CAAAAAAAAANDYY!!! whine of giant two year olds trying to avoid concepts that feel or have become popularly unpleasant, like responsibility and accountability. So yes, in many ways the Devil concept is then in the “truth” that people think they are picking up and then with what they create as a reality around something not so very real, but very much lusted after. haha absolution from absolute truth by individually preferenced truths! some dentist somewhere will make a killing on rotten teeth! How do you feel about the Truth, truth, belief, practice thingie?


  2. whoa- I never came back to see your response. And it’s perfect timing as I’ve definitely been thinking about truth/Truth (wtf with punctuation anyhoo? Like it can somehow inflate the value/purpose/significance… i.e. is there truth and then again Truth? What if we use all caps? TRUTH…and maybe add some exclamation points too? TRUTH!!!…but I digress). In some way it becomes more difficult to speak about it, the more committed I become to knowing/feeling/experiencing truth. As though even the expression of the thought renders it somehow untrue. Ever feel this way?


    • hmmm
      i’ve hmmm’d and hawww’d for days now

      I felt the need to respond in a yay/nay manner. This was a false choice, thus I thought and thought, about what you really wanted to know. All of those kinds of ‘truth’, aren’t really truth. They are lies and denials dressed up in the Halloween costume of truths. I think the word truth is used as an inexact substitute for experience, as a word for the carefully prepared and decorated Pit that people can hide from others with Things, and Masks of Being Someone.

      Yes! I think there is A TRUTH, that existed, probably, before us, and will continue after us, even if like a tree falling in the forest–no one appears to hear it or to notice hearing it in a mad dash to have or to be or to rationalize….(extra long conversation about this subject, i’ll abstain here).

      And as to your request about me feeling ‘this’ way. No. I can say that at times, I can feel awkward at choosing a word that for me means one thing, but saying it to another sends them off in the entire opposite direction, but leaves them feeling that I have validated a concept or rationalization that, in fact, I do NOT!

      Communication and language is soooooooooooooooooo much fun! (and I really mean that it is!)

      Thanks for visiting Janet, I hope you are well!


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