I’ve come to understand that absence lies at the heart of our seeing more clearly. It’s often in something’s absence that we suddenly begin to see, whatever it is, in a new light.…
Jacques Derrida said one cannot speak of something without acknowledging its opposite. When we hear black, it is natural for us to think of white. He went so far as to say that to claim one is atheist acknowledges the very possibility God exists.
Absence make the heart grow fonder, particularly when we love something or someone deeply. The Khalil Gibran quote at the end is essential to how we come to appreciate what and who we have in life. It is in the moments absence we grow to understand how much we love. It is in those moments we grow to be mindful and attentive when absence turns to presence.
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In keeping with bell hooks and Noam Chomsky, I consider myself a public and dissident intellectual. Part of my work is to move beyond (transcend) institutional dogmas that bind me to defend freedom, raising my voice to be heard on behalf of those who seek equity and justice in all their forms.
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Absence/presence…flip sides of the same coin. 😉 xoM
Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
GOOD POINTS! GREAT LANGUAGE—VITAL THOUGHT! 🙂
Thank you Jonathan.
So true! My partner and I live about 100 miles apart. We spend time and then we are absent from one another. We have found this just right for us. We are together more than not, and it is only really complicated when there are events in both towns at the same time and we have to struggle over where to be.
When I come home, it feels good to be with those I care about.
Thank you for the link, Ivon.
You are welcome Don.
Without space, we wouldn’t be able to discern what is there. It makes me think of watercolor painting, where the the negative space allows the subject to come to life.
Thank you for this reflection Ivon.
You are welcome Val.