Thursday, August 23, 2012

And now... a bit of esoterica



JUXTAPOSING SENSES IN SPACE AND TIME
Fred Ruark
8/23/2012
CONSIDER, IF YOU WILL, HOW YOUR SENSES EXIST IN SPACE AND TIME...
The audible exists in time                             The visible exists in space
Music rendered comes to your ear...and then is gone
The sheets, where in lies the code of the sounds, remains
The music is gone.  The source remains
The horns and strings, the brass and the reeds remain
Existing in space, their music, exhausted in time

CONSIDER , IF YOU WILL...NO WAIT...NOT YET
The instruments are not the music
Without the player, they only exist in space
In time, the brass may corrode, the wood will dry rot
In time, things that exist in space, corrode, erode, disappear.
The pieces disintegrated are still there in space
But no longer able to produce music in time

The player and the instrument exist in space
Together they produce the music at a point in time
Technology captures sounds and images and makes them timeless
A reproduced disc in space that defies the existence of the player
NOW CONSIDER, IF YOU WILL, A WORLD WHERE ROLES ARE REVERSED.
Things, visible things, now exist in time  and sense exist in space  HMMM

It takes the sophistication of a human mind to create such a world.
Look at something around you - - - - See "it"  Now turn your head - - - - - it is GONE!
They exist only in time...They have been removed from your space.
Is it still there?  Without 360 degree vision, your reality is "here."
But your sensual tool kit has many resources.
You can validate the existence of objects out of your sight.
Just call on other treasures you possess - sound, smell, taste, touch
Like sight, they only exist in time, too soon gone.  And for that, be grateful.

CONSIDER, IF YOU WILL THE AGONIES YOU'D SUFFER
If all of your lifetime sensual experiences were held hostage in your space
Every rock concert, birdsong, car wreck, crying baby, thunder, crashing wave, and symphony
Bombarding your ears concurrently forever!
While the odors of roses, frying bacon, sweet perfume and sewage crowd into your nose.
And every pain and pleasure your tactile nerve endings ever experienced were there forever.
James Joyce captured just such an existence in "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man".
It was his description of hell and it terrorized Daedelus into almost becoming a priest.

So you are lucky you know for the way your senses only exist in time.
The way your senses exist only in time is a gift, a part of your lifelong learning.
You've learned to seek out some experiences and to avoid others
The ability to capture time limited sensual experiences is called ART.

I've said "consider if you will"  Two very important words, consider and will.
To consider is to think seriously.  To imagine an outcome
"Will" is to deliberately choose a course of action to achieve that outcome.
Given the human intellectual ability and the will to  consider things that exist outside of time and space,
We get RELIGION
You can only hope to be free to select your spatial experiences in the time you have.
And to be free to explore whatever it is that you consider exists outside of that realm.

Work hard to stay free in space and to enjoy yourself in time.