Empty Days

Sunday, April 10, 2005



No blame.

The symbolic nature of reality is hard to perceive if everything is seen as a giant game of random effects. But one cannot apprehend all of the game at once and is thus reduced to observe effects towards oneself or one's own sphere. It may not be the complete picture, but it gives enough of a view. The problem of course is that one is always tempted to explain too many things by one's own sphere of influence when in fact most events are not personal despite the very personal impact they produce.

Basically the idea here is that if there is war and a carpet-bombing and a bomb falls nearby and wounds and maims you, it was not intended as a personal harm - despite the kind of havoc it causes in your life.

Most events in life are like this - even effects from some people who cause harm around them due to their bad character which is a calamity to them no less than to others. You may be just such a person on occasion too.

However the other trenchant of this view is that even if the cause of the event that affects you is not personal or intended, you should be well advised to take all the cues from it and take the effect as directly personal - because it is. The bomb that maimed you was random and did not aim at you specifically - but your life will never be the same after that - which is the most personal consequence there is.

It is not forbidden to rage against the bomb - but it's useless. Nature is like that too - your own body may harbor desease and will one day become your worst enemy and torture you like the worst executioner.

So I am trying to wave all sorts of events into a thread of meaning.





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