Tuesday, December 27, 2011

What IS, here and now,

cannot be objectified.

Only in the partial optic

of 'self' and 'other'

does there seem to be

'time' and 'space'

separating 'entities'.

If there IS neither 'self' nor 'other,'

'who' is there to suffer any 'thing'?


  1. Partial optic...I like that. I was just thinking that pain is a common experience but only apparently separate individuals suffer, or think they suffer. There seems to be a world of difference between pain and suffering, which is a paradox when all is seen as one. BTW, this one from your other blog particularly renders the mind speechless:


    There ARE

    no separate things

    to be 'different'

    or the 'same.'

  2. Thanks, Diane!

    As I'm sure you've noticed, the word 'suffer' has a range of meanings (even in the dictionary). The distinction between 'pain' and 'suffering' seems to be a recent notion. For example, it's central to Wayne Liquorman's work wherein he has described 'suffering' as "the pain of the moment extended in time."

    However, in the post above, I am following Wei Wu Wei in using the word 'suffer' in the slightly archaic sense of 'to bear' something (anything). It seems that WWW liked to employ the word in that way as it brought into clear relief our everyday assumption of duality.