This is Not for You #5

The Sixth Circle

Absence is the non-presence of the object described as absent. Though it implies distance, the implication only exists as a metaphor. Something can be right next to you and absent or far away and not absent. Experience tells us that this is true yet reason cannot name such an experience. From the moment we develop object-permanence we have begun the path to this contradiction. Our mind can hold a thing close to us even if distance is created. Yet, a single tragedy to the real object can somehow mar the image in the mind even if that real object would’ve never been in proximity again regardless. Likewise, sometimes we wish against absence by clinging to an image yet that clinging is insufficient despite our desires. Why is it that the Duomo is never absent from me, yet my good friend is – when in fact my good friend is far closer…

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