We don't have time, my friends. That is the misfortune of human beings. None of us have sufficient time. Our acts will have the flair, the power, the compelling force of the acts performed by those of us who knows that we are fighting our last battle on earth.
We are all going to die. There is something out there waiting for us, for sure; and we will join it, also for sure. Use it. Focus our attention on the link between us and our death, without remorse or sadness or worrying. Focus our attention on the fact we don't have time and let our acts flow accordingly. Let each of our acts be our last battle on earth. Only under those conditions will our acts have their rightful power. There is no time for timidity, simply because timidity makes us cling to something that exists only in our thoughts. It soothes us while everything is at a lull, but then the awesome, mysterious world will open its mouth for us, and then we will realize that yur sure ways were not sure at all. Being timid prevents us from examining and exploiting our lot as humans.
Our death is waiting and this very act we're performing now may well be our last battle on earth. I call it a battle because it is a struggle. Some of us move from act to act without any struggle or thought. We, on the contrary, assesses every act; and since we have an intimate knowledge of our death, we proceed judiciously, as if every act were our last battle. We give our last battle its due respect. It's only natural that our last act on earth should be the best of our selves. It's pleasurable that way. It dulls the edge of our fright.
This is a weird world. The forces that guide humans are unpredictable, awesome, yet their splendor is something to witness. Call them forces, spirits, airs, winds, or anything like that.
At moments of power, the world of ordinary affairs does not exist and nothing can be taken for granted.
If I could feel the world this way!!!
Richard D. James has it.
From I was a child I've had the habit of associating letters and numbers with colors - interesting to find that this phenomena actually has a name:
"Synesthesia [...] is a neurologically-based phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway. In one common form of synesthesia, known as grapheme - color synesthesia, letters or numbers are perceived as inherently colored, while in ordinal linguistic personification, numbers, days of the week and months of the year evoke personalities. In spatial-sequence, or number form synesthesia, numbers, months of the year, and/or days of the week elicit precise locations in space (for example, 1980 may be "farther away" than 1990), or may have a (three-dimensional) view of a year as a map (clockwise or counterclockwise)."
From the page: "Synesthesia (also spelled synﾃｦsthesia or synaesthesia, plural synesthesae or synaesthesae)窶"from the Greek syn- meaning union and aesthesis meaning sensation窶"is a neurological condition in which two or more bodily senses are coupled. In one common form of synesthesia, known as grapheme 竊' color synesthesia, letters or numbers are perceived as inherently colored, while in ordinal linguistic personification, numbers, days of the week and months of the year evoke personalities. In spatial-sequence, or number form synesthesia, numbers, months of the year, and/or days of the week elicit precise locations in space (for example, 1980 may be "farther away" than 1990), or may have a three-dimensional view of a year as a map (clockwise or counterclockwise).
While cross-sensory metaphors (e.g., "loud shirt", "bitter wind" or "prickly laugh") are sometimes described as "synesthetic", true neurological synesthesia is involuntary. It is estimated that synesthesia may be as prevalant as 1 in 23 persons across its range of variants (Simner et al. 2006). It runs strongly in families, possibly inherited as an X-linked dominant trait. Synesthesia is also sometimes reported by individuals under the influence of psychedelic drugs, after a stroke, or as a consequence of blindness or deafness. Synesthesia that arises from such non-genetic events is referred to as adventitious synesthesia to distinguish it from the more common congenital forms of synesthesia. Adventitious synesthesia involving drugs or stroke (but not blindness or deafness) apparently only involves sensory linkings such as sound 竊' vision or touch 竊' hearing; there are few if any reported cases involving culture-based, learned sets such as graphemes, lexemes, days of the week, or months of the year.
Although synesthesia was the topic of intensive scientific investigation in the late 1800s and early 1900s, it was largely abandoned in the mid-20th century, and has only recently been rediscovered by modern researchers. Psychological research has demonstrated that synesthetic experiences can have measurable behavioral consequences, while functional neuroimaging studies have identified differences in patterns of brain activation (for a review see Hubbard & Ramachandran 2005)."
I believe it is not just about senses. It exploits resonance (being in touch) as a main drive for multithreaded ritualized music of perception/radiation/thinking/reading/writing/listening/speaking/feeling/sensing/being.
"This picture is used as a test to demonstrate that people may not attach sounds to shapes arbitrarily: A remote tribe calls one of these shapes Booba and the other Kiki. Decide which is which and then click the image to check your answer."