Monday, September 19, 2016

Ojo Taiye writes

just kites on the wings
of a passing wind
fly, fly, flee
like swifts and birds
observing the time
of their migration

just a wisp
of a swimming sky
its bloodlines, its cirrus clouds
like storks in the
the sky
our appointed seasons

 Mains tenant le vide (Hands Holding the Void) -- Alberto Giacometti

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  1. In the late 6th century BCR, Parmenides of Hyele (then Elea, Ele, Elea, and Velia) on the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea founded the Eleatic school of philosophy, but his only extant writing is some 160 verses of a probably-800 verse poem, “'Peri Physeos” (On Nature) in which he described two views of "what-is" (reality). One is "the way of opinion," in which one's sensory faculties lead to false and deceitful.conceptions of reality; the other is "the way of truth," in which change is impossible, and existence is timeless, uniform, necessary, and unchanging. He wrote that two ways of inquiry existed: that reality is or that it is not, but the latter argument is never feasible because there is no thing that can not be:“For never shall this prevail, that things that are not are.”
    “For this view, that That Which Is Not exists, can never predominate. You must debar your thought from this way of search, nor let ordinary experience in its variety force you along this way, (namely, that of allowing) the eye, sightless as it is, and the ear, full of sound, and the tongue, to rule; but (you must) judge by means of the Reason (Logos) the much-contested proof which is expounded by me.”

    “It is necessary to speak and to think what is; for being is, but nothing is not.”

    “Thinking and the thought that it is are the same; for you will not find thinking apart from what is, in relation to which it is uttered.”

    “For to be aware and to be are the same.”

    “[What exists] is now, all at once, one and continuous... Nor is it divisible, since it is all alike; nor is there any more or less of it in one place which might prevent it from holding together, but all is full of what is.”

    “How could what is perish? How could it have come to be? For if it came into being, it is not; nor is it if ever it is going to be. Thus coming into being is extinguished, and destruction unknown.”

    “Nor was [it] once, nor will [it] be, since [it] is, now, all together,
    One, continuous; for what coming-to-be of it will you seek?
    In what way, whence, did [it] grow? Neither from what-is-not shall I allow
    You to say or think; for it is not to be said or thought
    That [it] is not. And what need could have impelled it to grow
    Later or sooner, if it began from nothing? Thus [it] must either be completely or not at all.

    “And it is all one to me
    Where I am to begin; for I shall return there again.”

    Im “Bhagavad Gita” [2:16] the same argument was presented:

    “There is no becoming of what did not already exist, there is no unbecoming of what does exist.” [tr. J. A. B. van Buitenen]; “Nothing of nonbeing comes to be, nor does being cease to exist.” [tr. Barbara Stoler Miller]; “The unreal never is: the Real never is not.” [tr. Juan Mascaró]

    In “Les Misérables,” Victor Hugo concurred: “There is no such thing as nothingness, and zero does not exist. Everything is something. Nothing is nothing.”


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