Monday, November 8, 2010

Being: Presence and Absence

n. /prez-uhns/ the state or condition of being present.


Absence n. /ab-suhns/ 1 the state of being away from a place or person. 2 the nonexistence or lack of.

Presence and Absence are both states of being. The trouble is, they exist as mutually inclusive antonyms. They all-encompass each other in the very fact that their definitions are self-referential and inter-reliant. Both states rely on a state of ‘being.’

You can’t be present somewhere without being absent somewhere else and in order to be ‘present’ or ‘absent,’ you must first ‘be.’ If you are in a state of being, you must be willing to accept that you are present and absent at all times.

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