Introduction

I’ve always loved introductions.

In many introductions the author gives an overview and summary which eliminates the need to read the rest of the book, since the rest is supporting arguments and footnotes which repeat what was so succinctly said in the intro. (Then there is the introduction which ends with some nullifying qualifications, seemingly negating everything that comes afterwards. I will do both in this introduction.)

In short, this book will explain the meaning and purpose of life, because it is not enough to demonstrate greatness like the tightrope walker in Thus Spake Zarathustra, actions may be interpreted by explanations. In the words of Theodore Roosevelt in his ‘Man In the Arena broadcasting to those not inside the Arena’ speech:

"It is the critic who counts; the man who points out how the weak man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could/should have done better.

The man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. That man's deeds are meaningless without someone to interpret and proclaim them."

It is not enough to speak Math, Science and Philosophy. One must also speak the language of the common man. Oscar Wilde had Walt Whitman, Buckminster Fuller had Claude Shannon, and Eric Weinstein had Kanye West. Rare is the wiseman who is his own fool: Nusraddin Hodja and Zhuang Zhu are the two who come to mind first and last.

Which brings us to the conclusion of this section of the introduction: a perfect parody will not be a mockery of the thing it’s parodying, but a brilliant satire, indistinguishable from the thing it’s satirizing.

This book is separated into three sections: Forms of Reality, Relax Into Action and The Will to Love. (Followed of course by Anyone Can Golf, an Appendix alluding to the cookbook Anyone Can Cook from Brad Bird’s animated masterpiece: Ratatouille. Like the mammalian body’s appendix, it first appears superfluously useless, but in actuality, actually demonstrates how the Artist creates without pragmatic incentive and does not get trapped in the “rat race” of competing because competition is for losers. Golfers don’t even compete against themselves because great golfeurs have no Selfs.)

The Eagle-eyed reader will notice that the the chapters correspond to the three stages of Nietzsche’s philosophy: The Camel, The Lion and the Child (which I call The Dolphin because i had an unhappy childhood and because dolphins are more childlike than children are).

The Camel is burdened by the Self that Society and its Contexts foist upon it. The Lion rebels against these constraints and rules over others by not conforming to Others' rules. The Dolphin transcends Action and Reaction and ascends to a level of Absolute Play, whilst maintaining and annihilating the paradox of an oxygen-breathing mammal that lives in the water.

[Sidenote on paradoxes: a paradox can be resolved at a higher level of understanding. Of a paradox cannot be solved or resolved, the paradox itself is the resolution {Florentin Smarandache}. In the words of the Ancient One: “Not everything makes sense. Not everything has to.” Commonly overused examples of paradoxes are: something that is both a wave and a particle, Schrondinger’s Cat.]

All of which just goes to show that mind and matter are the same thing. Everything we do, or don’t do, does matter. All thoughts have a physical component because they either create or prevent action. Due to quantum entanglement, everything is connected to everything else. The Mind thinks this means there is only one Thing, which is true, as far as thoughts go….. The Absolute is the endpoint of all thought and non-thought. The endpoint, however, is a non-dimensional point on a sphere with any number of dimensions. Since this Truth is best expressed geometrically i will stop speaking of it and let the reader find an image which shows this to their satisfaction.

The three chapters correspond to the three Absolutes which cannot be defined, absolutely: Art, God and Love. Forms of Reality are the multifaceted ways in which we can perceive the world, not as it is, but as we are.

Relax Into Action is based on the sniper’s creed: “Slow is smooth, smooth is fast”. Rarely does one do one’s best when ramping up to go into action. Letting the Self become absent and allowing the action to act itself without an actor almost always works better than the alternative. There are two ways that God works: by becoming a God or by letting God work/flow through you. “Play or be played” is the name of the game.

Lastly, why do we need to “Will” Love? What is the Will to Love? It is the force that allows the continuation of the Will to Beauty by Abraham Kanovitch, which is itself the continuing of the philosophies of Schopenhauer and Nietzsche. Love is the indefinable Absolute that has no need of attachment. Love has no incentive outside itself and is done/exists for its own sake, like Art and God and any other mind/matter verb/noun.

I hope this short introduction helps elucidate the rest of this book, which is an expansion in the form of footnotes to the introduction.

(Author’s Note: this note/book wrote itself, being as it was self-authoring; the Author does not exist, just as the book to which this is an introduction to doesn’t exist. The summary of a non-existent book is the book. All supporting evidence exists outside of it, but since these truths are self-evident, the Author did not feel the need to expand the book to Absolute Infinite size.)