ON BINARIES, NUMBERS, AND TRANSCENDENCE

ON BINARIES, NUMBERS, AND TRANSCENDENCE

You—yeah, you—you may have some binary thoughts…

I’m sick of Democrats, I’m sick of Republicans,
I’m sick of white people, I’m sick of people of color,
I’m tired of politics, I’m tired of apolitical intellectuals, 
I’m tired of environmental activists, I’m tired of climate change deniers,
I wanna be famous, I wanna be unknown,
I wanna be busy, I wanna be available, 
I want love, I want people to leave me the f*** alone, 
I want to think with my heart, I want to think with my brain, 
I want to be in my body, I want to leave my body and float above it, 
I’m tired of arrogant people, I’m tired of timid people, 
I’m tired of nice people, I’m tired of rude people, 
I’m tired of riding the train, I’m tired of taking Ubers, 
I’m sick of nice weather, I’m sick of shitty weather, 
I’m sick of getting sick in any weather no matter the weather, whether or not I’m sick or not….

…and so on and so on. But, hey, remember to also look deeper…

(“I’m sick of Democrats, I’m sick of Republicans”)
Democrats and Republicans aside, you can always be a critical voter.

(“I’m sick of white people, I’m sick of people of color”)
Whiteness and Color-ness aside, you can always be mixed race with pride.

(“I’m tired of politics, I’m tired of apolitical intellectuals;
I’m tired of environmental activists, I’m tired of climate change deniers”)
Politics can be a part of life no matter what: “the personal is political.”
Politics is like the environment: the personal is environmental too.

(“I wanna be famous, I wanna be unknown”)
You can be famous while being truly known by only a few.

(“I wanna be busy, I wanna be available;
I want love, I want people to leave me the f*** alone”)
You can be both busy and available.
You can have both love and autonomy.

(“I want to think with my heart, I want to think with my brain;
I want to be in my body, I want to leave my body and float above it”)
My heart and brain are part of the same body.
Your body is not a defining element to your person.

(“I’m tired of arrogant people, I’m tired of timid people;
I’m tired of nice people, I’m tired of rude people;
I’m tired of riding the train, I’m tired of taking Ubers”)
Arrogant and timid people aside, you can always be genuine.
Nice people and rude people aside, you can always be genuine.
Trains and Ubers aside, you can always walk.

(“I’m sick of nice weather, I’m sick of shitty weather, 
I’m sick of getting sick in any weather no matter the weather, whether or not I’m sick or not….”)
All weather is nice and shitty.
Sickness is a necessary part of life.

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We say “don’t think twice” as if it’s a bad thing. Thinking twice is a good thing. Thinking three times is even better. Four times is better still. Think as many times as you need to finally surpass the binary logic of yes/no, either/or, always/never. There’s a world beyond this binary, and it is filled with real truth. Truths in the form of both, neither, sometimes, perhaps. Behind every brutal binary is a deep truth that is inclusive, multitudinous, and total. So, flood yourself with those binaries only to eventually overcome them, after which you can seek a truth beyond binary, and perhaps beyond brutality too.

Depth surpasses the limits of a binary. This is very important, so I’ll say it again: Depth surpasses binary limitation.

When you transcend numbered thinking, the number two inside you erases itself, making room for unknown depths. Thinking twice is a good thing. Thinking three times is better still. But the best is to think so many times that the number is no longer countable, and the act of counting itself is no longer desirable. The binary is the avant-garde, as well as the final frontier, of the brutality of numbers.

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