Death | Symbolic | Without Judgement
Without judgement what would we do?
We would be forced to look
At ourselves emerged in lost time
Assuming what may be
Perception would increase a million times
On and off, I’ve spent the better part of the last ten years trying to figure out what the fuck exactly Chuck was talking about here. He had an odd and highly idiosyncratic way of expressing himself, and I thought for the longest time that he was talking about religions and their nearly-inevitable concept of final judgement in one form or another (gatekeepers, reincarnation as a lesser or greater form, hell vs heaven etc). The more I think about it though, the more I think he might have been referring to nothing more specific than the concept of judgement itself. What if he was trying to get across that the act of drawing a conclusion — in and of itself — necessarily closes the mind off to alternative interpretations? Can we by definition arrive at “conclusions” without eliminating other avenues of potential thought?
Leading question: Is it not true that once you’ve decided you know what’s up in a certain situation you tend to stop thinking about form and intention — or what can be commonly thought of as “what is” as opposed to the more process-oriented questions of “why” and “how” and “what should be” — in order to explain to yourself what you just experienced?
In other words: are you simply a ball of emotions or do you attempt to look back at what you’ve seen and explain it in words?
I think it’s at least argueable that what Chuck really wanted was to know what it was like to live from moment to moment without ever trying to tie things back together.