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solomon levi
06-27-2015, 11:51 AM
"I told you once that our lot as men is to learn, for good or bad," he said. "I have learned to see and I tell you that nothing really matters; now it is your turn; perhaps someday you will see and you will know then whether things matter or not. For me nothing matters, but perhaps for you everything will. You should know by now that a man of knowledge lives by acting, not by thinking about acting, nor by thinking about what he will think when he has finished acting. A man of knowledge chooses a path with heart and follows it; and then he looks and rejoices and laughs; and then he sees and he knows. He knows that his life will be over altogether too soon; he knows that he, as well as everybody else, is not going anywhere; he knows, because he sees, that nothing is more important than anything else. In other words, a man of knowledge has no honor, no dignity, no family, no name, no country, but only life to be lived, and under these circumstances his only tie to his fellow men is his controlled folly. Thus a man of knowledge endeavors, and sweats, and puffs, and if one looks at him he is just like any ordinary man, except that the folly of his life is under control. Nothing being more important than anything else, a man of knowledge chooses any act, and acts it out as if it matters to him. His controlled folly makes him say that what he does matters and makes him act as if it did, and yet he knows that it doesn't; so when he fulfills his acts he retreats in peace, and whether his acts were good or bad, or worked or didn't, is in no way part of his concern. A man of knowledge may choose, on the other hand, to remain totally impassive and never act, and behave as if to be impassive really matters to him; he will be rightfully true at that too, because that would also be his controlled folly."

one can also see the tarot correspondences of fool, juggler, magician... the hermes trickster/magician/alchemist - fusing everything into generic oneness; yet able to fix at will, consciously - adding sun/gold to mercury. or subconsciously adding luna.

Kiorionis
06-27-2015, 02:45 PM
the hermes trickster/magician/alchemist - fusing everything into generic oneness; yet able to fix at will, consciously - adding sun/gold to mercury.

a passage from my notebook:

'YHVH' -- after ecstatic meditation -- how very interesting! how easily and how effortlessly conscious and willful substance becomes fixt!

Andro
06-27-2015, 03:29 PM
The general 'bottom line' of this CC quote which is IMO worth noting:


"I have learned to see and I tell you that nothing really matters"

Controlled folly is therefore the relativity engine of knowable appearances.

'Absolute' fixation is impossible via this engine. Only relative/temporary.

Only when the engine itself begins to SEE, it no longer wants to work and its only remaining function is to rest, truly fixed and no longer relative.

Bye bye controlled folly.

Bye bye forms and appearances.

Bye bye conflict, duality and all that appeared to matter.

This is THE fixation of Mercury.

Rest In Peace.