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Alan Watts

"So It Goes"

Motion itself is a function of relationship
For example if there is only one object, one small ball in the middle of endless space
Nobody knows whether it’s moving
Because you can’t tell whether it’s approaching anything, or whether it’s going away from anything
Because there’s nothing else
So in that state of affairs, no motion exists
But if we introduce a second ball into the picture, and the two either come towards each other or go away from each other
Then we can say that both of them or either of them is in motion
We can’t decide which is the one that’s doing the moving, because it could be one, it could be the other
Now we’ll put three balls into space, and we find two of them staying together and the other one going away
Now, it’s up to the two of them to decide whether the other one is going away from them or they’re going away from the other, because two is a majority
And the vote, always of course goes to the majority; the universe being, basically, a democratic organization

[Chorus]
And so it goes – (So it goes), (So it goes), (So it goes), (So it goes)
So it goes – (So it goes), (So it goes), (So it goes), (So it goes)
So it goes – (So it goes), (So it goes), (So it goes), (So it goes)
So it goes – (So it goes), (So it goes)
So it goes – (So it goes), (So it goes)

And now, once you’ve got that, you can see that motion is a form of relationship
Let me put it in another way: energy is a form of relationship
If the universe is basically a play of energy, then you can say energy and relationship go together
Now, what is this saying?
This is saying that being, existence itself, is relationship
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