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Perhaps this death I feel is in fact an instance of rebirth, of becoming
A necessary crumbling, disguising the overwhelming creativity of me becoming myself
A transition from old soul to new
The revaluation of significance made possible only by leaping into the abyss of one particular manifestation of mortality
Death is the mother of life, the sine qua non for the creation of each particular individual
New conditions of existence being possible only following the disintegration of any provision of comfort, of the quotidian hollowness of any prior sense of meaning
The world must be rendered insignificant in order that it make any sense at all
Such becoming of meaning renewed is the mid-wife of all creativity, of all authenticity

©02/09/04

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A re-post of one of my first pieces submitted to RB.

Reflections on Book II: #12, from Nietzshe’s, The Will to Power

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becoming, contradictitons, life, mother, death, one, what, unity, nietzsche

I came rather late to poetry and even later to photography. I have graduate degrees in philosophy. I realized sometime ago that nearly all of my work makes some sort of implicit argument, and it often makes rather esoteric references to philosophy. Sorry: not trying to be turgid. It’s what I know, and it what Pan whispers into my ear.

You may find my newer, more formal photography at: http://rbgphoto-rusty.blogspot.com/
Thanks, Rusty

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  • Alenka Co
    Alenka Coalmost 4 years ago

    I curious how you reflect on this now, six years on? Some very deep inner searching – and finding – seemed to be in progress then. 2003 my husband and I were forced into a ‘rebirth’ so this writing strikes a chord with me.

  • Thank you, Alenka. I’m happy to have struck a chord with you; that’s always gratifying. I hope that your own rebirth was as successful as my own was. Thanks, again, RBG

    – Rusty Gentry

  • Alenka, I see now that you actually asked me a question. I will send you b-mail and actually give you an answer. Give me a few hours. Cheers, Rusty

    – Rusty Gentry

  • Ushna Sardar
    Ushna Sardaralmost 4 years ago

    thanks for being the part of challenge with this awesomely written piece! wish you good luck n keep your fingers crossed! :-)

  • Thanks, Ushna. Wow, this was written so long ago. What a different time. Thanks for the love. xo, Rusty

    – Rusty Gentry

  • lisameryl
    lisamerylover 3 years ago

    Rusty, eye-opening write! POWERFUL indeed…much reflection here! Time for the change of all lifetime! Peace be with you always…Lisa XO

    aaahhh (I love this):
    The revaluation of significance made possible only by leaping into the abyss of one particular manifestation of mortality

  • msdebbie
    msdebbieabout 2 years ago

    So much to ponder in this one Rusty. Some thoughts, and a poem of mine I think you’ll like on rejuvenation xxx

    1) Perhaps this death I feel is in fact an instance of rebirth, of becoming
    A necessary crumbling, disguising the overwhelming creativity of me becoming myself
    A transition from old soul to new

    Often the hardest and most pailful things we go through are for the higher purpose of metamorphosis I think; the decay, atrophy or entropy is catalytic. Makes the pain bearable too!

    2) Death is the mother of life, the sine qua non for the creation of each particular individual

    Especially with all the vampire mythology being reworked these days, I tend to think people are underestimating what benefits there are in the finite. It’s also how I see natural resources – greed makes people think infinity and never-ending supply are possible, but the reality (or my considered opinion anyway) is that this value must shift. We must become more attuned, responsive, and having a positive view of death is a great place to start. It means something!

    3) Such becoming of meaning renewed is the mid-wife of all creativity, of all authenticity

    Finding our authentic self is what it’s about :)

    This really resonates for me Rusty. And I barely read Nietzsche now, because I got too negative and nihilistic when he was my main philosophical reading, but might have to reconsider. You make some compelling observations from TWTP :)

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