Zero

Zero

A new month. The sky cleared and sun flooded the garden all day.
Love it.
All dark out there now. Love it, too.
Meanwhile, caught up in French politics, which is on everyone’s mind here, even if it’s one of the three subjects people say are not to be discussed at a dinner party (the other two being sex and money). Today was the battle of the May Day marches: who had the biggest? who had the most? who was loudest, longest? who « won » the numbers game?
Everyone has an idea, an opinion, and they’re all making them known tonight. It’s a world of counters and calculation.
I’m with Victor Hugo: « Tout nombre est zéro devant l’infini. » (Every number is zero before infinity.)

By | 2015-10-02T15:39:29+01:00 mai 1st, 2012|Textes|3 Comments

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Enseignante Zen et poète, Sensei Amy “Tu es cela” Hollowell est née et a grandi à Minneapolis, aux Etats-Unis. Arrivée en France en 1981 pour étudier la littérature et l’histoire, elle y est restée, s’installant à Paris, où elle élève ses deux enfants et gagne sa vie en tant que journaliste. The Zen teacher and poet Amy “Tu es cela” Hollowell Sensei was born and raised in Minneapolis, but came to France in 1981 to study literature and history and has lived in Paris ever since, raising her two children and making a living as a journalist.

3 Comments

  1. wild primula 6 mai 2012 at 11 h 38 min - Reply

    you’re right: i didn’t mean the grammar form.
    but this is very interesting. The link is interesting.

    i ment every number/the relatif/identity – is the infini/absolute also.
    Or not?

    language is expressing so much-
    as in my language we talk about verbs as: work-word
    not about being-word
    as what it in fact is true
    for we are most of the time in the doing – without being modus.

    it is interesting how different languages express in different styles — expressing the most fundamental basics of their culture. how grammar structures visualise thinkingpaterns.
    i am told in chinese they don’t say ‘ I am’. Descartes couldn’t have expressed his filosophy over there…

    the same for visual aestetics. Complete other perspective. Expressing fundamental differences. Each of them expression of the infi…?

  2. tu es cela 2 mai 2012 at 16 h 18 min - Reply

    "Infinitive" is an interesting notion, although I’m not sure this is what you had in mind: "infinitive" in grammar means a verb form that is not limited to any one person, number or tense. No fixed identity. Like zero. A true person of no rank, as the Zen saying goes.

  3. wild primula 2 mai 2012 at 0 h 09 min - Reply

    or
    every number is the infinitive?
    also?

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