Ocean of Fire
A gift bequeathed to each of us
Mind/body= false dichotomy
After all, what would a body be without a mind
Pure, 100%, unadulterated ANIMAL

I think, ergo I am mad; mad I say.Estoy loco, loco y siempre estaré. Is there any other way to live? We’re not speaking here about ubiquitous natural LIFE. But EXISTENCE, we are existential creatures, thrown into a world devoid of all significance. There is no metaphysical guarantee for meaning in any way whatsoever. Thus, we must take upon ourselves to CREATE meaning, for ourselves


Significance, sense is not something to be purchased at either the corner bodega or the 5th Ave. Boutique. It is neither a “Slit plastic cover in the middle to vent. Cook on High for 2:54. Let cool for 33 sec. and enjoy fresh flavor on the go”
Nor, “Very likely the most important statement by this talented, but heretofore unknown, designer to date. Trust me: you will all know his name next year. Because, if you know where it’s at, you’ll be pulling it out of your closet enough this year.” It is not a prefab(ulously) construct into & out of which we slink

To the contrary: meaning is a process, slow cooked. It simmers in the old fashion electric oven, which is your brain. It does so until that organ transmits its very last electrical signals, no longer engendering an inconceivable proliferation of messages to neurons, axons, nerves, muscles and back, again. Until that day, however, the functions directed from this oven occur far faster than anything man made. Meaning is the tortoise, which may even elide the category of hare.

The gray mass in which significance becomes, weighing in on average at a grand total of three pounds, constitutes that most complex and sophisticated machine that ever has been or ever will be created. It acts as a filter, ad blocker, viral protection unit. Moreover, there are seven billion plus of these units on this globe. Each as infinitely complex and entirely unique as the other. That any idea ever gained enough of a hold to manifest as meaning, for however short a stint, is mind-boggling, if you think about it.

There are two phenomena about which the human being remains largely ignorant: the vast oceanic spaces with their contents and the even larger mental spaces contained within the brain. Yet, one of this pair is the more important. Clearly, it is the one, which constitutes the condition of the possibility of learning anything whatsoever about the first thing, as well as the last.

Thus it is that it is incumbent upon us to use our brains, our sense making, truth seeking organs. We must use them to navigate this world and all of its illusions. Only by so doing, may have even an iota of freedom. For in a world ruled by contingency, whatever freedom we may possess must be seized as if it were an invaluable treasure, which it is.. We do this in the process of both creating meaning and discovering that which, after a careful evaluation, we can affirm as having been legitimately created by those who came before us.

To do otherwise, is to gainsay that within us, which allows for the constitution of meaning, in the first place. If there is one duty we all have, certainly it is this. Otherwise, our Existence is mere thrownness, devoid of life-giving creativity, which is so essential to to working of that OCEAN OF FIRE “located” somewhere within that organ we call “brain.” Indeed, the refusal to employ our minds leaves us impoverished: 100% Pure Animality, and little else.



Rusty Gentry

Joined November 2007

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