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179 Movement occurs when the object of one of two intersecting senses changes its transcendence independent of the other. In order that the object shall continue to be the same in both something has to give. Since the eye gets the directional orientation of its objects from the body it has no objection if the body changes it. A change in visual directional orientation (i.e. peripheral movement) is simply a unilateral bodily (muscular) change in orientation. 180 ‘What lies at the root of both the comic and the tragic is this connection, is the discrepancy, the contradiction, between the infinite and the finite, the eternal and that which becomes. A pathos which excludes the comic is therefore a misunderstanding, is not pathos at all. The subjective existing thinker is as bifrontal as existence itself. When viewed from a direction looking toward the Idea, the apprehension of the discrepancy is pathos; when viewed with the Idea behind one, the apprehension is comic.’— S. Kierkegaard, CUP, p. 82-83 181 Eternity (or saµsåra), when seen as the sum of individual things or experiences, each of which is impermanent, is comic; when seen as the unchanging or permanent structure of these things or experiences, it is pathetic. An exister is in existence, and he can (if he wishes) look at structure (the Dhamma) from the point of view of content (of dhammas) and the tragic will appear, and he can look at content from the point of view of structure (with the Dhamma behind him) and the comic will appear. There is no other point of view, nor is there anything else to see. In immediacy structure does not appear, that is to say that the tragic does not appear; and when the tragic does not appear neither does the comic. Only in sheer reflexion do they both appear, and then reciprocally. Suddhaµ dhammasamuppådaµ suddhaµ Saπkhårasantatiµ (Theragåthå, 716). The first is comic, the second pathetic. 182 ‘He who would only hope is cowardly, he who would only recollect is a voluptuary, but he who wills repetition is a man, and the more expressly he makes his purpose clear, the deeper he is as a man.’—S. Kier­ke­gaard, Repetition, p. 5. 183 ‘Repetition is reality and it is the seriousness of life. He who wills repetition is matured in seriousness.’ p. 6. (Repetition = uniformity of structure, i.e. saπkhårasantatim.)

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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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