Uncertain Selves

“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” – Anaïs Nin

It is not so much a simple matter of solipsism as it is of considered logical analysis that there is and can never be an “outside” of any system, from that system’s individuated point of view. For this reason, everything is self. Curiously – the metaphysical unknown of a world beyond ourselves is ontologically and epistemologically identical to the vacuum and void that an indefinitely-extensible logical necessity creates (or unveils and reveals) within us. The only ever mature approach to such things is partial, uncertain, ambiguous and asymptotic on an essentially infinite arc of introspective self-inflection; consider Cantor’s Diagonal method, Gödel’s Incompleteness Theorem(s) and Russell’s Paradox of system self-containment. True beauty (just as other unifying or aspirationally “whole” and complete concepts like peace and freedom) is constitutively undefined, undefinable and this, it seems, the core mystery and wonder intrinsic of and to all beautiful people, places, ideas and things.

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