Sunday, November 07, 2004
Friday, November 05, 2004
Yin and Yang
Paranoia while listening to Terry Riley
I was listening to a Terry Riley recording called Across the Lake of the Ancient Word. Now Terry Riley is an amazing minimalist composer and keyboardist who incorporate the music theory of the great sitar players of
Monday, November 01, 2004
Letting things be
If picking up leaves is judged to be pointless, isn't that judgment itself pointless? Is there really any distinction? But then I am judging his judgment to be pointless, so obviously that judgment is pointless as well. So what can one do? You try to let things be, but then you realize that your attempt to let things be, is in actuality an attempt to control your own mind, and thus not letting things be. So then you decide not to control things at all, but of course that too is an attempt to keep your mind from trying not to control things. There is no escape. But as William Blake wrote in The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, "If the fool would persist in his folly he would become wise." After someone tries to let things be for a while, they realize how futile it is, and are finally able to just give up, and realize that there is no ME separate from everything else, so there is nothing that can control anything else. At this point they give up, and become enlightened.