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The most “restful” system we can contemplate is one equally likely to have any value of the spin up to half a unit in either direction. Knowing then the probability distribution, we can compute the average energy of spin of a large number of these restful atoms; in macroscopic physics the average is all that concerns us. The more complicated the system, the greater will be the number of directions or orientations defined in our picture of it; and since each of these has its own uncertainty of spin, there is on the average a considerable amount of angular momentum present which is of this irreducible kind. In short, in ascribing geometry to the system we are compelled by the Uncertainty Principle to ascribe to it energy of constitution. Observation may show us that more than this minimum energy is called energy of excitation; it may be radiated or otherwise passed from system to system.’—Ibid., p. 106 153 (N.B. F.A. Lindemann—The Physical Significance of the Quantum Theory.) 154 To get from one space to another takes time: to get from one time to another takes space. 155 ‘Il semble que le grandes âmes … [We want love to last and we know that it does not last; even if, by some miracle, it were to last a whole lifetime, it would still be incomplete. Perhaps, in this insatiable need for perpetuation, we should better understand human suffering, if we knew that it was eternal. It appears that great minds are, sometimes, less horrified by suffering than by the fact that it does not endure. In default of inexhaustible happiness, eternal suffering would at least give us a destiny. But we do not even have that consolation, and our worst agonies come to an end one day. One morning, after many dark nights of despair, an irrepressible longing to live will announce to us the fact that all is finished and that suffering has no more meaning than happiness.] … que le bonheur.’—Camus, L’Homme Révolté, p. 323 [The Rebel, p. 227] 156 You have other fish to fry. 157 You are breaking the deterministic laws of Science every time you allow an electron to shift.


Early Writings (Seeking the Path - Ñāṇavīra Thera)  

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...

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