The Great Object of Life is Sensation
One of the primal experiences in life,
and one of the first sensations we experience,
and pack in our personal suitcase,
the pleasurable pain of being thrust into life,
“The great object of life is sensation- to feel that we exist, even though in pain.”
― George Gordon Byron
What is this extra-ordinary thing called life?
What are we?
Are we an object in an objective reality?
Or a subject in a subjective reality?
One or the other,
both blended inexorably together?
Does it matter?
“Well,” I said. “If you need me, I’ll be outside, playing with sharp objects.”
― Rick Riordan
Please ensure that you remove your shoes,
before exiting this plane,
we want you to have a soft landing,
on this space object,
“Whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.”
― Charles Darwin
Feel free to indulge your senses,
touch, look, hear,
What say you of that?
“Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”
― Bruce Lee
So many things to discover,
The opening and closing,
of the mind’s eye,
is a blink.
“One rarely falls in love without being as much attracted to what is interestingly wrong with someone as what is objectively healthy.”
― Alain de Botton
How does this work,
what do I do with it,
does it come with instructions?
Will I read or understand them if it does,
is it fragile,
should I test it?
“Sometimes if you let people do things to you, you’re really doing it to them.”
― Gillian Flynn
What is this,
What’s over there,
did I miss what is here?
Searching for some thing,
“At night, when the objective world has slunk back into its cavern and left dreamers to their own, there come inspirations and capabilities impossible at any less magical and quiet hour.”
― H.P. Lovecraft
Is this a dream within a dream,
real, unreal, surreal?
what’s that sound?
is that an object or…?
“Don’t lies eventually lead to the truth? And don’t all my stories, true or false, tend toward the same conclusion? Don’t they all have the same meaning? So what does it matter whether they are true or false if, in both cases, they are significant of what I have been and what I am?”
― Albert Camus
can it ever be pieced together?
can it be lost or won?
Is there a reset button,
can I start over if I make a mistake?
“Eventually everything connects – people, ideas, objects. The quality of the connections is the key to quality per se.”
― Charles Eames
To have or to be,
to have is to be,
to be is to have,
which one is it?
Reflect and you shall see,
but is to see to know?
“What matters most are the simple pleasures so abundant that we can all enjoy them…Happiness doesn’t lie in the objects we gather around us. To find it, all we need to do is open our eyes.”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
What do I do now,
with every thing,
that I have collected?
give to receive…
should I risk it?
“Some nights, alone, he thinks of her, and some nights, alone, she thinks of him. Some night these thoughts, separated by miles and time zones, occur at the same objective moment, and Ray and Mirabelle are connected without ever knowing it.”
― Steve Martin
When and where did it all begin,
what was the first object,
in this objectivity challenge?
Was it a photograph,
which created your world,
or did your world create a photograph?
“Human beings are funny.”
― Sigmund Freud
To be continued…