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Forget Permanence, Seek Resilience

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Forget Permanence, Seek Resilience

Alan Watts said, “The more a thing tends to be permanent, the more it tends to be lifeless.” 

But does permanence dictate that a thing be unchanging in essence? Matter persists through different states, and in its mutability and diversity it defies oblivion. Death destroys a star and creates a galaxy. Permanence does not mean without change. Change is a force of nature that creates diversity through interrelationship. Without diversity, a system destroys itself and new forms fill its space.

While human beings may disagree on the efficacy of pursuing permanence, resilience is another matter--or at least, another state.... 

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Why We Love Alan Watts!

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Why We Love Alan Watts!

"Life is a game of hide and seek, because life is pulsation. On and off. All life is this flickering in and out, only there are enormous rhythms in it." - Alan Watts

In information theory the smallest unit of information is called a "bit" - yes or no, black or white, beginnings and ends. I think it's useful to contemplate the dance of opposing forces, because the way they work together is the essence of change and creative tensionWe create distinctions of meaning by knowing what a thing is not as often as by knowing what it is.... 

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