Interdependent Impermanence

The New York Times ran a feature on physicist Carlo Rovelli entitled There Are Places in the World Where Rules Are Less Important Than Kindness.

Here’s an excerpt which points to why I thought this would be pertinent to an occult-oriented blog:

“Maybe the best way to think of Rovelli’s worldview is through the work of Nāgārjuna, a second-century Indian Buddhist philosopher he admires. Author of ‘The Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way,’ Nāgārjuna taught that there is no unchanging, underlying, stable reality — that nothing is self-contained, that all is variable, interdependent. Reality, in short, is always something other than what it just was, or seemed to be, he argues. To define it is to misunderstand it.

“‘In “Emptiness is Empty: Nāgārjuna,’ another piece from his new book, Rovelli writes about how the philosopher’s conception of reality provokes a sense of awe, a sense of serenity, but without consolation: ‘To understand that we do not exist is something that may free us from attachments and from suffering; it is precisely on account of life’s impermanence, the absence from it of every absolute, that life has meaning.’”

Read the whole schmear:

And here’s the publisher’s description of the book:

“One of the most inspiring thinkers of our age, the bestselling author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics transforms the way we think about the world with his reflections on science, history and humanity

“In this collection of writings, the logbook of an intelligence always on the move, Carlo Rovelli follows his curiosity and invites us on a voyage through science, history, philosophy and politics.

“Written with his usual clarity and wit, these pieces range widely across time and space: from Newton’s alchemy to Einstein’s mistakes, from Nabokov’s butterflies to Dante’s cosmology, from travels in Africa to the consciousness of an octopus, from mind-altering psychedelic substances to the meaning of atheism.

“Charming, pithy and elegant, this book is the perfect gateway to the universe of one of the most influential scientists of our age.”

Frater Lux Ad Mundi

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