Monday, March 17, 2014

The Mystery Of Mystery



The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery.
--Anais Nin

I have heard it said that life is itself the greatest mystery of all, and that as a living organism Man is unable by use of intellect alone to solve this seemingly insoluble enigma that is his own existence. Something more is needed to capture the original (and eternal) essence of the why. This extra thing, this necessary sixth sense, this knowledge beyond the physical, including the ephemera of simple or complex emotions.

If life in its entirety of years, centuries, and multiple paleontological eras has produced no satisfactory answer to such a basic question, then perhaps that answer lies in death alone. But, if so, who would, or could, ever know?


there is such mystery
within that maelstrom
of the churning mind
that perversely endures

when calmness comes
and calls for surcease
it cannot be staunched
by life's mere cessation

Copyright 2014 Gene Chambers


Did You Know . . .?

Arnold Schwarzenegger earned $75,000 for his role in Terminator, but in Terminator 2 he was paid $15,000,000.


On this day in 2011, 26-year-old Raymond Clark III, a former animal research assistant at Yale University in New Haven, CT, pled guilty to the murder and attempted sexual assault of 24-year-old Yale graduate student Annie Le. On Sept 13, 2009, Le’s partially decomposed body was found stuffed behind a wall in the university research building where she was last seen five days earlier.

In January 2010, Clark pleaded not guilty to murder. However, on March 17 of the following year, after negotiations between the prosecutor in the case and Clark’s lawyers, the former lab technician pleaded guilty to charges of murder and attempt to commit sexual assault, in order to avoid a trial. He did not specify a motive, and the reason for his actions remains unclear. On June 3, 2011, Clark was sentenced to 44 years in prison without the possibility of early release.



surcease  [SUHR-sees or suhr-SEES]
1. cessation or intermission
2. to desist from (some action)
3. to cease or cause to cease



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It was the experience of mystery - even if mixed with fear - that engendered religion.
--Albert Einstein



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