Frivolities

Essays (Attempts): Intelligent Speech & Frivolities
Definition: \Fri*vol”i*ty\, n.; pl. {Frivolities}. [Cg. F. frivolit[‘e]. See {Frivolous}. The condition or quality of being frivolous; also, acts or habits of trifling; unbecoming levity of disposition.

The importance of nonsense hardly can be overstated. The more clearly we experience something as “nonsense”, the more clearly we are experiencing the boundaries of our own self-imposed cognitive structures. “Nonsense” is that which does not fit into the prearranged patterns which we have superimposed on reality. There is no such thing as “nonsense” apart from a judgmental intellect which calls it that.
True artists and true physicists know that nonsense is only that which, viewed from our present point of view, is unintelligible. Nonsense is nonsense only when we have not yet found that point of view from which it makes sense.
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A Zen story tells of Nan-in, a Japanese Master during the Meiji era who received a university professor. The professor came to inquire about Zen. Nan-in served tea. He poured his visitor’s cup full, and then kept on pouring. The professor watched the overflow until he no longer could restrain himself.
“It is overfull. No more will go in!”
“Like this cup,” Nan-in said, “you are full of your own opinions and speculations. How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup?”

Gary Zukav: The Dancing Wu Li Masters.

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