SHP Re: First Attempt at Grasping Value

[this is a response to this post]

First off NJP, where is this dorm-style place with such great perks?  I want to join you there when I’m not busy making my $9,000 a year or couch-surfing.  Perhaps we should create such a place….

It is impossible for Human’s not to act.  Even refusing to do something is an act.  I think the point is to act without consideration for the fruits of that action.  To act purely, not from an ego/past/future/anger driven place, and with a high level of awareness.  To value action is fine, as long as one realizes the fruits can go either way regardless of intent.  Do not place undo value on the fruits of action.  Person to Person, or Person to Universe, there is going to be action.  It is the accompanying thoughts that are key.  I personally prefer actions that avoid being forced into any sort of rut— though I may at some point approach a rut of rutlessness.

As Chatwin says of a Patagonia sheep farmer: “He was not a clever man, but a wise one.  He was a self-centered bachelor, who avoided complications and did little harm to anyone.  His standards were Edwardian, but he knew how the world changed; how to be one step ahead of change, so as not to change himself.”  Is this the wisdom you are choosing to avoid NJP?

Some feelings rediscovered from the verge of my trip to Patagonia, again apropos before Africa:

—Desires negligible, observations powerful, ambitions non-existent.  I seem to have opened a door or turned a corner.  Been contemplative.

When does the moment come–the moment concern vanishes?   Is it when one realizes opinions do not matter, when belief is tied to things one no longer believes?  Appearances mean nothing, yet they hold the reins of emotion.  One forgets these things–that definitions and generalizations are ultimately impossible–but one cannot live without them.  Dasein is a necessary illusion.  Sense may be as ontologically sound as matter.

To write, even to think, is to betray the truth.  What can one do?  Approximations abound:  approximations/attempts are all that are left.—

NJP, go on attempting, as will I.  Clever, wise, neither, or both, continue pointing at thoughts.  That’s what Atalkata is.


~ by Scott Hamilton Peters on November 25, 2008.

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