Dive deep in your introspection, reach your unspeakable core, and then, “Make art there.” The struggle to communicate the incommunicable is what makes us most human.
Our core values are our map of the world. To be emotionally and spiritually healthy, we must be aware of these values and seek to enact them in the world, relieving ourselves from internal psychological tension. This process of introspection and action is recursive, and must continue our whole lives.
Selves exist, but they are virtual. Non-self exists, and it is actual. Both, however, are completely real.
Why do we explore? Perhaps it is because space affects us: the hadal depths of the ocean cut trenches into our curiosity, and the distant reaches of the universe beckon with constellations of desire. More than just a search for unknown facts, humans explore new spaces to experience the unknown as such.
How do we speak about the unspeakable? This is the foundational question of Being & Death. The search for an answer leads to the structure of this book: chains of analogy forming a circle around the unknown, gesturing toward the unspeakable through the negative space of allegory.
Do we say the Tao is “outside of” duality? “Beyond” duality? All these prepositions are spatial, and as such are relational, and as such re-posit the very duality they aim to escape. If the Tao is “outside of” duality, then we’ve prepositionally established an inside/outside binary, thus trapping us back in the system we were trying to exit. This would be incorrect thinking. So… what prepositions should we use?
This schematic organizes the key concepts in this book into a coherent structure. I call this schematic the “Dance of Spirit,” which is a detailed version of the inward / outward respiratory process as it is manifested in our lives.