Standing in the shadow of a tree in the cemetery and facing my vulnerability – my awareness of human fragility – I accept that the one I obsess over is not mine. Beings are not mine. I am not mine, either.
Empty myself. Emptiness. Something fills this void*. Resonance**.
Ineffable tenderness from the plants then descends upon me.
* In Gravity and Grace (1952), Simone Weil says, ‘Grace fills empty spaces, but it can only enter where there is a void to receive it, and it is grace itself which makes this void’.
** In Listening (2007), Jean-Luc Nancy describes ‘resonance’ as the structure of a subject and of sense, which is the way of understanding the subject that ‘identifies itself by resonating from self to self, [...] one is the echo of the other, and this echo is like the very sound of its sense’.
The law and common sense morality can help us to achieve a certain goodness in life, but there is a limit to how well one can live according simply to the rules. There is a passivity in this approach to living well. Can art take us further and help us to actively approach the honourable life as better beings?
'All' is in smAll.
The questioning of Being is an experience of Being in its strangeness. […] The question is itself a manifestation of the relationship with Being. Being is essentially alien and strikes against us. We undergo its suffocating embrace like the night, but it does not respond to us. […] And if it is more than this question, this is because it permits going beyond the question, and not because it answers it. What more there can be than the questioning of Being is not some truth, but good - Emmanuel Levinas, Existence & Existents
Questioning other beings means paying attention to them. It is definitely good to go beyond being curious about others and opening up to otherness by seeking to understand oneself.
To see a world in a grain of sand, and a heaven in a wild flower.
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, and eternity in an hour - William Blake
One tiny thing is an opening to the bigger world, a start to understanding the wider whole. In other words, the most precious moment could be a bridge to convey us towards the eternal. In sharing the breath of the moment, there is a movement towards breathing together in an unlimited space.