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It's one of those mornings where the fiction and the biography are holding each other tightly.  They have just learned that they are two sides of the same coin.  The coin is hollow.  Inside of it is a microfilm containing all of the ideas that can ever be had. The sides are not going to part to allow me to read the microfilm.  When you can't separate reality from fantasy, your are said (by society, whatever that is) to be mad. So be it.  Today, I'll be mad, as mad as a hatter, maybe even as mad as a hatter from Jacobson Hats, Scranton, Pennsylvaia.  Language and mind are inseparable.  Whether I'm walking with Martin Heidegger, having Conversations on a Country Path, or simply thinking about thinking (Heidegger again)the two halves of the coin as well as the contents are operating as a system within a system within a......

None of us can truly say where fantasy ends, where reality begins, or the other way around. We create and recreate reality with every passing fantasy and every second of every day. Those of who subscribe to a religion, or a religious or spiritual philosophy usually subscribe to the notion of a soul as well. 
soul
  noun
    the spiritual or immaterial part of a person, regarded as immortal. a person's moral or emotional nature or sense of identity.
    emotional or intellectual energy or intensity. soul music.
    a person regarded as the embodiment of a quality: he was the soul of discretion. an individual. a person regarded with affection or pity.

synonyms
  noun
    seeing the soul through the eyes: SPIRIT, psyche, (inner) self, inner being, life force, vital force; individuality, make-up, subconscious, anima; Philosophy pneuma; Hinduism atman.
    he is the soul of discretion: EMBODIMENT, personification, incarnation, epitome, quintessence, essence; model, exemplification, exemplar, image, manifestation.
    not a soul in sight: PERSON, human being, individual, man, woman, mortal, creature.
    their music lacked soul: INSPIRATION, feeling, emotion, passion, animation, intensity, fervour, ardour, enthusiasm, warmth, energy, vitality, spirit.


Oxford University Press 1995, 2002


There are those of us who believe the soul resides in the mind.  That immortality of soul is limited by the range of memory of those we have influenced.  This is why writing is important.  Without the written word, the substance of the mind is lost to the future. It survives in mutated forms in memory, since all memory is affected by its personal hermeneutic, which is derived from the individual history. Man's need for immortality is based on the primeval need to teach in order to preserve and protect the tribe.  This is the basis for the respect and honor given the elders in tribal cultures. Rather than packing them off to rest homes, the tribe sought out there learning, even to their dying breath.

Why am I having these thoughts, today, a day when the Sun began to shine at 4:30 in the morning and promises to do so all day?  Because I am, because I came in contact with words which someone else's mind which melded with my own created and became this page.  Your task, my readers, is to tell me if it's fiction or non.

Herford, 30 June 2010




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