A bootstrapping fellow

10 July 2017

munchausenOn another occasion I wished to jump across a lake. When I was in the middle of it, I found it was much larger than I had imagined at first. So I at once turned back in the middle of my leap, and returned to the bank I had just left, to take a stronger spring. The second time, however, I again took off badly, and fell in up to my neck. I should, beyond any doubt, have come to an untimely end, had I not, by the force of my unaided arm, lifted up my pig-tail, together with my horse, whom I gripped tightly with my knees.

E. Raspe, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen.

 

Readers may be interested in the call for papers for Trópos. Rivista di ermeneutica e critica filosofica on the topic of self-reference from which this passage was excepted: https://troposonline.org/forthcoming/

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Eternal Return

10 February 2015

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What, if some day or night a demon were to steal after you into your loneliest loneliness and say to you: “This life as you now live it and have lived it, you will have to live once more and innumerable times more; and there will be nothing new in it, but every pain and every joy and every thought and sigh and everything unutterably small or great in your life will have to return to you, all in the same succession and sequence—even this spider and this moonlight between the trees, and even this moment and I myself. The eternal hourglass of existence is turned upside down again and again, and you with it, speck of dust!”

Would you not throw yourself down and gnash your teeth and curse the demon who spoke thus? Or have you once experienced a tremendous moment when you would have answered him: “You are a god and never have I heard anything more divine.”

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844 – 1900)

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There is a Zen teaching that says “The most important thing is remembering the most important thing.”
– Tara Brach