Scott:  I feel like we’ve touched on something important here; let’s spend some more time with it, what do you say?

Zhuangzi:  I say what you want, remember?

Scott:  Yes, but you still say more than I would say if only I were saying it. What I have you say is “neither of the two”—neither what you, a dead guy, says, nor what I would say without you. It’s something new, unfixed from either of us. And that’s its value—it’s somehow removed from my actual experience, and the empty gap between that and my experience acts as an attractor—it pulls me in that direction. That’s how I teach myself. That’s the dynamic of becoming.

Zz: And that’s what I make qi to be—“an emptiness” that provides the space for becoming. Find it in yourself, and you’ll realize that that is all you really “are”: a becoming—a happening.

Scott: It’s the yin that enables yang.

Zz:  Exactly. And that’s the way everything works. That’s the sum of what you call philosophical Daoism—the way of yin that occasions the fullest expression of yang.

Scott:  And anyone who reads my drivel—as you so endearingly call it—is doing the same thing. Whatever they get from it is neither what I intended nor what they already think, but something new that is neither strictly theirs nor mine. And moving toward it is learning without being taught.

Zz:  And what you think I said isn’t what I said, but that’s the value of what I said. There’s no fixed truth anywhere to be found.

Scott:  And that’s liberating! But scary.

Zz:  Yes. It casts us adrift. We would prefer to be securely moored to some fixed truth or another—but whatever one we imagine is only just that—imagined. (I do like your sailor-talk, by the way.)

Scott:  And since our actual experience is one of adriftedness, our clinging to an imagined truth or our failure to successfully imagine one when we think we need one causes us to suffer.

Zz:  And makes us rigid and judgmental—and bloody-minded.

Scott: Though we prefer to kill for the truth, we would also die for it.

Zz:  Yes, embracing our own emptiness is equivalent to openness—and openness embraces all things in caring and tolerance.

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