What has not been included, what isn’t shown may be more important than what is shown, but your only access to that occulted, obfuscated place would be to be there and participate. Even then, with apologies to Heraclites, we would never enter the same landscape again.
These studies would have been different if I had done them differently, tautologically; moreover, likely they would not be the same even if I tried to do the same again.
These path lines in the blended map should probably be clouds of probability, not a line. While the vast majority of my travel this month is represented, but of course there are side trips and small variations that are not discernable, do not rise above the threshold of these maps.
Everything affects everything, but there’s a threshold to any map, and certainly to this consensus map where my existence isn’t discernable. But it also equally true that everything is distinct and isolated at the same time, even if this is only in the interior experience of ourselves. Further, the notion of truth here is decidedly non-Aristotelian since there is a happy contemporaneous coexistence of the true, false, possible and the meaningless.
Can you be brave enough to admit it, or do you cling to an article of faith even though you cannot prove it to anyone, including yourself? You may wish it to be so because you wish it to be so, but this is not the same as wishing it to be so because it is. If it was so, why would you need to wish that which already was to be? Either you can be comfortable with this or you are not. I can hold these apparent contradictions with honor, can you? I accept that I wish it because I wish it to be, because acts of faith are rewarded. As Rebecca Solnit explains, it is not just the landscape that changes:
“I don’t know what effect my coming to the [Nevada Nuclear] Test Site so many years in a row had on the Arms Race, and I never will. The consequences are hard to measure, and are always discounted by the agencies and politicians they affect, but they are not therefore ineffectual. Coming here was an act of faith, a decision that whether or not I could ever qualify what I had done, I had at least done it. And it wasn’t only an act of faith, for my coming here had begun to change me profoundly, an act of faith rewarded in a way I could not have foreseen.” (Solnit, 1999, p43)
Clear correspondence might be made between this model and the model of Matter-Energy-Information from Feng Shui as presented by Dr. Hsu. (2006) That the nature of matter is to be informed, literally, by the energy and information levels suggests the very act of transforming information and energy then also changes the form of matter. This is in the instructions by Krisna to Arjuna in the Mahabharata that to transform the world should begin with self-transformation. (Katz, 1989) Further, this is the essence of the Buddhist virtue that dedicates individual acts of advancement toward the greater enlightenment of all. (Webster, 1999)
Posted by John Bell on May 11, 2006
Tags: Sigils of Imagination