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In a tiny village in Ireland, a devout Christian breathed his last and, the local priest being out somewhere else, a priest from an adjoining village was called upon to deliver the funeral oration.
“Ladies and Gentlemen”, began the venerable pastor with the dead body in a coffin before him. “Here lies dead before me a rare human being of this village with outstanding qualities. He was a gentleman, a scholar, sweet of tongue, gentle of temper and very catholic in outlook. He was generous to a fault and ever smiling”.
The widow of the deceased stood up and screamed, “O, God! They are burying the wrong man.”
Live in Thailand (or another society/culture very different from your native matrix) soberly, and you will never need to be reminded of this.
In fact, unless you find a way to stay comatose, perceiving, and acting, as if everything is a coded message pointing to an infinite regress of other possible meanings is ... inescapable. The inevitable resulting dislocation of identity destroys some, but others, like anaerobic bacteria living on cyanide (?), seem to thrive on it
But, there is an upside ... if you learn to bear with this: "The greater the social and cultural differences between people, the more magical the light that springs from their contact." Milan Kundera, "Les Testaments trahis" ("Testaments Betrayed").
"And, what," you say, "is the down-side ?" Well, best not said lest the calibration of a very delicate mirror hanging in inner space is lost, perhaps un-sayable, but ... look ... I clicked on this message, didn't I ?
“But I don't want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.
“Oh, you can't help that,” said the Cat: “we're all mad here. I'm mad. You're mad.”
“How do you know I'm mad?” said Alice.
“You must be," said the Cat, or you wouldn't have come here.” Lewis Carroll
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