The Impossible Question

“Once upon a time, I, Chuang Tzu, dreamed I was a butterfly, fluttering hither and thither, to all intents and purposes a butterfly, and was unconscious of my individuality as a man. Suddenly I awoke, and there I lay, myself again. Now I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly dreaming I am a man.”

Thoughts?

Comments?

Do Not Praise

Upwards I climb.

Behind me an endless sea of masks compose the marsh of time.

Moving forward seems to be a process of remembering.

My mind faulters under the weight of contradiction.

I admit to my feeble understanding of this miraculous universe.

But, through my submission – life is gained.

On either side their lay vices;

but between the two,

lies virtue.

The Choice of Becoming

Self-awareness is the root of unpreparedness.
Filling with bliss while ignoring its ignorance.

Prior aggression transform into present regressions.
All coinciding with expressions of life lessons.

Sighs in time, double as words spoken between lines.
Dictated by the tongue,
syllables attempt to confine.

Through societal transgressions,
we perceive our message:
To stay,
or to hope,
or to metamorphose into ghosts.

Life awaits those, who choose to seek the most.

 

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Writing About Writing

Grammar is what always stopped me from writing. I had never formally learned proper grammar and punctuation and it stunted me or retarded of delayed my progress in that area.

But it actuality, it allowed me to not get bogged down by being right in how I use the rules, and instead I use the rules to do what they were meant to do: express a precise purpose. Writing is a creative expression. And in a truly creative expression I needn’t have rules that are rigid but better rules that are flexible. It’s my voice my message. I know where and what kind of pause I want my reader to have, not because it’s correct in a rule sense, but because it’s correct in a purposeful sense.
So often it is the case that with rules, they are originally established to help with precision,  but later, it becomes more about the rules themselves and not their purpose. Such is the case with grammar that can be traced back to Ancient Greek, Protagoras and the sophist movement – but their reason for creating such a system was for my precise communication; more accurate expression of ideas.
Therefore, when writing, use the rules, but don’t let the rules use you by limiting your means of expression.

A Dialogue of Deception

“All warfare is based on deception” – Sun Tzu

But with whom are you at war?

Those who have deceived me.

But if you’re deceived by them how can you defeat them?

I was deceived, but through truth, I have become the deceiver while they still believe themselves to be.

Well, who are these that you speak of who have previously deceived you?

You would know – if you were not one of the deceived.

How would I be so sure I wasn’t just paranoid?

Because once you have peered behind the screen of the magician, you realize there was never magic at all, but instead simply the appearance of it orchestrated by a feeble puppet master. . . once the trick is exposed, one can never go back into the submissive role of being the deceived, but instead becomes the deceiver.

But, if he becomes the deceiver, isn’t he just as bad as the original deceiver?

He could be – if he chooses self – but if he chooses others and views them as himself, then he will not fail.

“If you know your enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.” – Sun Tzu