While listening to a dharma-talk by Thich Nhat Hanh I had the following insight about inter-being. It’s what I believe to be the foundation of the touching theory, a series which I hope to develop one day into a book.
You are always in between. You are the bridge that connects other people with the rest of the world. What would that mean?
It means there is no longer such a thing as superiority or inferiority. There’s not even equality. Every other person, every thing is an opportunity and an invitation to connect with a part of life that may have been out of reach, but nonetheless is a meaningful part of life.
That person or thing is not meaningful in itself. It becomes meaningful through connection. Its meaning comes from the fact that it brings you in touch with a different aspect of reality which goes much further than its own entity. In theory it also ceases to be meaningful when it ceases to connect.
That’s also why there is no such thing as a meaningful self. Meaning only arises through connection. Who you are becomes meaningful when you connect people and things with other people and other things. And it would cease to become meaningful whenever you stop being a connection.
To be continued…