28
Jan
10

Opposites or Complements?

Then there’s only one way to participate in history, and that’s to have no will at all—to function solely as a shining, beautiful atom, eternal and unchanging. No one should look for any other meaning in human existence.

– Yukio Mishima, “Spring Snow” (Chapter 13)

Oddly enough, living only for one’s emotions, like a flag obedient to the breeze, demands a way of life that makes one balk at the natural course of events, for this implies being altogether subservient to nature. The life of the emotions detests all constraints, whatever their origin, and thus, ironically enough, is apt eventually to fetter its own instinctive sense of freedom.

– Yukio Mishima, “Spring Snow” (Chapter 15)

Advertisements

3 Responses to “Opposites or Complements?”


  1. 1 ian
    January 28, 2010 at 09:30

    Complements, I’d say. Aligning emotions with the course of natural events, and vice-versa, is the name of the game.

    Also, “The life of the emotions detests all constraints, whatever their origin, and thus, ironically enough, is apt eventually to fetter its own instinctive sense of freedom.” is a really great insight. To the extent that emotions are blind to natural events, they are fettered, and to the extent that they can account for natural events, they are free. Beautiful.

  2. 2 ian
    January 28, 2010 at 12:11

    Functioning in the complexity of everyday life requires balancing the content of our subjective world with the content of the objective world. This happens naturally when we manifest our essential nature, no self, and merge with our content. Then the natural dynamic interaction of inner needs and external conditions is realized selflessly. When we assert, judge, or interpret, when we are “busy,” our very busyness obscures our realizing our true situation, no self. When we believe in personal self, we feel we have to act, have to decide, and have to assert ourselves. In this way, we make ourselves busy and simplicity is lost. When we manifest no self, we melt into our experience: nothing is ignored, nothing is denied, nothing is asserted, and nothing is interpreted. The will-less, selfless reuniting of self and world is clear. There is no busyness. This is simplicity.

    From:
    http://www.purifymind.com/Simplicity.htm

    The web design’s horrible, I’d recommend copy-pasting this into a word doc or something. But well worth the read. Except I’d change “no self” to “no self-concept”.

  3. 3 jaiminyoon
    January 29, 2010 at 13:52

    The small part of me that still feels awkward at offering silence in exchange for cherished words of wisdom feels compelled to tell you that the small part of me that still feels awkward at offering silence in exchange for cherished words of wisdom…

    Ah well.

    I’m grateful for our correspondences.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


January 2010
M T W T F S S
    Feb »
 123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
25262728293031

Archives

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 1 other follower


%d bloggers like this: