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jectivity. This defines subtraction. When both objects equal one half, the hitherto greater one vanishes—for the objects are X and X2, one and both. 219 Time varies as intensity of feeling. At any level, therefore, time is absolute, for intensity (or quantity) of feeling (regardless of whether pleasant, painful, or neutral) is necessarily unity. 220 At each repetition of an operation, the intensity of feeling is diminished by one half (from Kummer X becomes X2); and at each repetition of an operation the degree of objectification is increased. The subject, however, requires that the intensity of feeling be maintained; for ‘self’ (or time, on the next higher level) is absolute. In consequence, time is obliged to accelerate. The square of X, as it occurs naturally, has half the intensity of X; that is to say, the square of X occurs naturally in the integral of X, 1/2 X2. The square of X is not the repetition of X, since the operation X is not naturally the operation of squaring X1/2, but of integrating (2X)1/2 with respect to (2X)1/2. ( ∫ (2X)1/2 d(2X)1/2 = 1/2 [(2X)1/2]2 = X ) 221 In Kummer, X has 16 different squares: the integral of X, therefore, can take any one of sixteen different forms. 222 An index of dispersion is needed, > 0 and < 1, and decreasing in value by repeated squaring. This will correspond to the degree of subjectivity. At the critical point its value will be zero. At each successive starting point (after a critical point) its value will be the square of its value at the immediately preceding starting point. Thus, at successive starting points there will be a more general decline in the degree of subjectivity. When this more general value reaches zero (in the limit, with the acceleration of time) a critical point on a more general level is reached. u.s.w.36 223 ‘Place no. 1 drops out, and no. 2 becomes the first place.’—K. Plus ca change et plus c’est la même chose. ‘… la terrible amertume de ceux qui ont eu raison.’—C.37 36.  [u.s.w. = und so weiter = and so forth.] 37. [The more the change the more the same thing.] [The terrible bitterness of those who had it right.]

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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...