online: 5 april 2019
modified: 29 march 2019
22 march 2019 about mystical
mystical things . . . which i formerly avoided writing about for fear of
writing nonsense . . . but now i feel like doing so . . . because that
taboo has almost gone and now i am waiting to see what speaking
spontaneously of mystical things will bring about . . .
i can now start to think the unthinkable, the academically forbidden
thoughts . . . . the academics were supposed to speak only about
reality, about objective things that you can touch and feel and think
about precisely . . .
i stop a bit to see what comes . . . perhaps what i remember of earlier
attempts at this writing . . . of combining speech and printing in a
manner that is open to everyone . . .
mystical things i suppose are those that do not really exist and are
fanciful or untrue or even frightening or funny in that they do not
conform to what was said before and if one tries to describe them they
become unbelievable . . . or in some way unnecessary or contradictory to
each other or to anything else . . . you can see this happening in this
very sentence in which nothing much has emerged so far . . . and yet it
touches upon profound matters . . .
on listening to someone reading aloud what i just said produces an
emptiness which nevertheless can be interesting or even funny (as i said
a few words back) . . . and now i am failing to put it into agreeable
words . . . and yet i am touching on interesting subjects on which i
would like to continue with today, whatever they may be . . .
there comes now into my mind a vision of a unicorn . . . an imaginary
beast which surely does not exist and never has and yet it figures as
part of the national emblem of Britain . . . the lion and the unicorn .
. . the lion both real and imaginary . . . nursery rhymes come to mind .
. . or prayers spoken to God who surely is assumed to be masculine . . .
and yet there may be queens or other fictitious beings in that they are made
by people . . . and it raises the question if people talking about a
unicorn reveals that they are talking nonsense . . . and yet it can be a
matter of great importance . . . of life and death . . . where these
emblems are involved in wars and other equally nasty or exciting events
. . .
when i touched on this subject before the conversation became quite
hilarious as the most ridiculous things came to mind . . . and now they
turn into song . . . next came the thought of clothing and fashion . . .
which could include knights in armour and ladies dresses (as does the
Pope or as do most priests in their feminine costumes) . . .
as these odd examples flash through my mind i feel that almost
everything is a bit mystical . . . and it is only by such a severe
exclusion that the silly can be seen as quite serious . . . and all
those things such as words and numbers . . . or sets of words or
pictures . . . can be seen to comprise a reality that is a matter of
life and death . . . or even scientific exactitude . . . or boring or
resenting rules of command which in liberal things or freedoms that we
are willing to protest about . . .
in this we are looking at mystical things and perhaps too personal for
sensible writing . . .
having started today from the idea of mystical things i seem to have
slipped to the ridiculous or even the annoying for which my apologies or
other soothing thoughts yes please and thank you
where is the unicorn?
'tea or coffee' asks someone and i reply 'hot water thank you very much' and
she smiles when she brings it and goes away to bring some drinks to
someone else . . . tea, coffee or other refreshments are of course
physical realities but also in their ritual presence in the meal or in
the ceremonial eating show that the mystical can be quite ordinary and
quite comforting so let us pause here to contemplate what it is we are
thinking about . . . if we can stand it or even enjoy it . . . it is
indeed close to nonsense as well as to the finer things in life . . .
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