reply to post by johnwilkesbooth
Now that is a very cool experience and it’s not so weird.
Beyond dropping down the etiquette and labels, it’s just about interaction with an other one and the “value” (for lack of better wording) we
attribute it with.
Considering etiquette and labels off (or down) it just removes fences and boundaries —walls we’re so prone to build a hundred times a day.
For example, I never could quantify “how much” I like that stranger I just met, or how better in some abstract scale, compared to relatives or
close friends. Comparison to me is irrelevant. I love that stranger and behave accordingly. That’s how one —opening up, making one self
accessible, if you will— just embraces a situation, a person, etc. It’s also valid for perception: art, music, books…
It’s an even better outlook if one would consider meeting/interacting with one’s “nemesis” of sorts. The colored guy we think is “less”,
the poorer guy we think is “less”, or the gay brother we think is “abomination”. One could just love any of them all the same one loves a
friend of 30 years, or a mother, or what(who)ever. The boundary of etiquette (mindset) and label (upbringing/education) comes as a thick wall most of
It is very good to be a stranger to one self. It helps a lot. In every way.
If you think about it, think about removing your self from the situation. Total self abstraction.
What remains? Everything.
That’s how, most often through grief, we are hit by the cement: it goes on. Life goes on.
One is only a mere sparkle to it. A shy glimmer. Nothing more. Doesn’t hold the whole, at all.
That essential spark here is what is worth everything. It’s a bit of the selfish gene thing (see R. Dawkins’ book of the same name). Which makes
it all so brilliant. So uncontrollably brilliant.
I / You / Me is pretty much as what “has been”, “is”, could be” and ultimately “shall be” are.
It’s a never-ending motion in each and every breath.
Hence a good reason to breathe gentle and drink it. All. For what it fleeting is.
edit on 3-10-2011 by TheSilentwalker because: (no reason given)
edit on 3-10-2011 by TheSilentwalker because: typos — maybe
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