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On Nothing

Alan Watts proposed that "the most real state is the state of nothing," Our current reality, argued ideapod, is just a small piece in the reality of what it means to exist, to be nothing. While many consider this current state of existence, of life, as the crux of reality, perhaps our real state occurs before and after our lives in the abyss of "nothingness".

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On Arts

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What do we need to live? We need food to eat, air to breathe, sex to reproduce, but do we need art?

The answer seems to be an unequivocal yes, as people will respond energetically if one fulfils their desire for artistic outputs - beauty, excitement, enjoyment and meaning.

Halcyon is tracking how various art forms can help people help themselves, e.g.

On Myth

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Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths - Joseph Campbell

Coming across this quote reminds me that Campbell's four Masks of God volumes sit tantalisingly on my shelves, from where they've tempted and taunted me - occasionally dipped into but never fully absorbed - for nigh on 20 years.  I wonder whether old Joe ever found a myth about procrastination? 

Maybe Proust should wait a while, after all...