Scott:  So, if non-existence and existence . . .

Zhuangzi: Me and you! Ha, ha.

Scott:  . . . can be united to form a oneness, then whatever one “is” can be imagined as equivalent to whatever the One Big Open-endedness is.

Zz:  That’s hiding the world in the world where nothing can be lost.

Scott:  So the paradox, “No one lives longer than a dead child, and (the Methuselah-ian) Pengzu died young”, expresses this equivalence.

Zz:  Yes, but I was having a moment of . . . rapture when I said it. It’s a lot more than a conclusion to a logical argument.

Scott:  That’s why it’s more than just a paradox. Both the dead child and the long lived Pengzu equally participate in the Great Happening where existence and non-existence have no ultimate meaning.

Zz:  That’s right. And more broadly, it also demonstrates that all our distinctions evaporate in the formation of a oneness. The paradox before this one is: “Nothing is larger than the tip of an autumn hair, and Mt. Tai is small.” The tip of the hair is as “big” as anything can get, being united with Everything.

Scott:  I just focus on the existence/non-existence part because it especially matters to me who thinks he exists. I’ve taken the liberty of also saying that a dead child has had as rich and full a life as Pengzu. Do you agree?

Zz: Absolutely. I like that because it kicks our bias for existence square in the butt.

Scott:  It also relativizes all our hunger for achievement and longevity.

Zz: And when those are put into perspective, we can pursue them both without them ruling our lives. Our happiness in life is no longer contingent on success, “making our mark”, or thinking we’ll be “remembered”.

Scott:  You’re remembered!

Zz:  Yeah, but there’s no “me” in it. Have you ever googled “me”? There are lots of pictures of “me”—all different! That’s how much of “me” there’s in all this so-called remembrance.

Scott:  Remembrance and forgotten-ness are the same.

Zz:  Yep.

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