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Alan Watts

"It Takes Two"

The Buddhists in Japan call it jiji muge
Jiji muge: “between event and event, there is no block.”
And they represent this, imagistically, as a network
Imagine a multidimensional spiderweb covered in dew in the morning
And every single drop of dew on this web contains in it the reflections of all the other drops of dew
And, of course, in turn, in every drop of dew that one drop reflects, there is the reflection of all the others again
And they use this image to represent the interdependence of everything in the world

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You see, it takes two
We could have so much fun
But it takes more than one
You see, it takes two
We could have so much fun
But it takes more than one, and she don’t wanna!

In other words, if we give this dewdrop-image
If we put it into a linguistic analogy
We would say this: “Words have meaning only in context.”
The meaning of any word depends upon the sentence, or upon the paragraph in which it’s found
So that, if I say, “This tree has no bark,” that’s one thing
And if I say, “This dog has no bark,” that’s another thing
So, you see always
The meaning of the word is in relation to the context
Now, in exactly the same way, the meaning, as well as the existence of an individual person, an organism, is in relation to the context
You are what you are, sitting here at this moment, in your particular kind of clothes, and with the particular colors of your faces, and your particular personalities, your family involvements, your business involvements, your neuroses, and your everything
You are that precisely in relation to an extremely complex environment
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