127 ‘That my will moves my arm is not more intelligible to me than if somebody said to me that he could stop the moon in its orbit.’—I. Kant, Dreams of a Spirit Seer, p. 117. 128 ‘I dotti di regola nimangono dotti.’—K.E. Neumann 129 There is no ‘conflict of feelings’: our present attitude (however brief) is stable at all levels of feeling. 130 Craving is the gradient of feeling (unpleasant → pleasant). 131 Self-consciousness (conscience (de))—to feel Consciousness of (conscience de)—to perceive You feel a feeling, but you perceive (not a percept but) matter. And in perceiving matter you feel a feeling. The perceiving of matter is a percept; a percept is pleasant, painful, or neutral; thus perceiving matter and feeling a feeling are inseparable. A feeling is cakkhusamphassajå vedanå (i.e. (of)) A perception is r¨pasaññå (i.e. of) 132 Matter is the inertia of objects, the sluggishness of things. 133 ‘Pour l’Américain, penser à quelque chose qui l’embête, ca consiste à faire tout ce qu’il peut pour ne pas y penser.’22—J.P. S. 134 ‘L’esprit de sérieux … [The spirit of seriousness has two characteristics: it considers values as transcendent givens independent of human subjectivity, and it transfers the quality of ‘desirable’ from the ontological structure of things to their simple material constitution] … constitution matérielle.’—Sartre, p. 721 [B&N, p. 626] 135 ‘A spokesman for the masculine inverts stated the bisexual theory in its crudest form in the following words: “It is a female brain in a male body.” But we do not know the characteristics of a “female brain”. The substitution of the anatomical for the psychological is as frivolous as it is unjustified.’—Freud, Three Contributions 136 ‘Our own death is indeed unimaginable, and whenever we make the 22. [See CtP, L. 40 (13.ii.64).]
Published on Jun 26, 2013
Part B includes two early essays (Nibbana and Anatta and Sketch for a Proof of Rebirth) as well as notes from a Commonplace Book and Margina...