2020-07-14

Raven 131: The Void

The void is not the void? Try this. Think of something that you imagine to be not a void. A rock, say. A bell, a tree, a person. All of these things are also void -- void, that is, of permanent and independent existence. They are always changing -- becoming what they are not -- and always giving to and taking from the world around them.

Case
One evening Woodpecker asked, "What's the void?"
Raven said, "Not the void."
Woodpecker asked, "It's not really empty?"
Raven said, "The truth is, I really don't know."
Verse

"Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process ze does not become a monster. And when you look long into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you." -Nietzsche
The abyss looking into you:
No cause for concern --
An abyss looking into an abyss.

The abyss looking out from you,
See to that and:
No more monsters to fight.
Case adapted from Robert Aitken; introduction and verse by Meredith Garmon
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