Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Truth Is Not a Fixed Thing But a Flowing Event

"A living body is not a fixed thing but a flowing event, like a flame or a whirlpool: the shape alone is stable, for the substance is a stream of energy going in at one end and out at the other."

   --Alan Watts, Does It Matter

A friend told me about Alan Watts about a year ago, but it's taken me awhile to get around to reading much of what he wrote.  I found his observation in the above sentence to be somewhat profound, perhaps more profound than Watts realized, as it can be used to bridge the gap between Western philosophy and Eastern philosophy by simply replacing the phrase"a living body" with "the Truth."