Saturday, May 14, 2011

Extraordinary Discourse 016


Conversation Pieces


I do not subscribe to the chronological or historical illusion that events follow one another on a one-way street, in series. We think about them in that way because that is how we have decided to write and speak, and thus, if I am to communicate with you in words, I must "give you a line," and you must follow this string of letters. But of course, the world itself isn't strung out; it exists in many dimensions. I have, then, a preference for books that I can open at any place and begin to read-- books like a garden in which I can roam, and not like a tunnel, maze, or superhighway where I must enter at point A and come out at Point Z.
Alan Watts
In My Own Way,
An Autobiography