2017-02-28

Raven 36

A couplet from FitzGerald's Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam:
"Some little talk awhile of me and thee,
there seemed -- and then no more of thee and me."
A different translation renders Khayyam's (1048-1131) Persian as:
"Behind the veil there is much talk about us, why
When the veil falls, neither you remain nor I."
We do talk about ourselves. I talk about me, I talk about you, you talk about you, you talk about me, we all talk about each other. And yet there is no one there. And yet it would be foolish to try to get through a day without a sense of self and others. And yet that's an illusion. And yet necessary. And yet, and yet.

Also, wolverine's are extraordinarily fierce. How is fierceness relevant?

FIRST PERSON SINGULAR
Wolverine came by unannounced one evening in early autumn.
"Hello," said Raven, "I'm Raven."
Wolverine said, "The Roshi is meeting this one for the first time."
Raven said, "Is that so? What happened to the first person singular?"
Wolverine said, "No-self has appeared."
Raven said, "Could've fooled me."

Raven 35

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