Reality As It’s Not

The following is an article I wrote for the Speculative Non-Buddhism blog, a project which I think offers an urgently fresh and desperately needed take on Buddhist discourse.

I highly encourage anyone who is interested in a critical discussion of Buddhism to explore the work published on this site over the last several years. If you haven’t been exposed to this project in the past, be prepared to have your conception of Buddhism challenged.

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Reality As It’s Not

by Chaim Wigder

One night in long bygone times, man awoke and ​saw himself​.

He saw that he was naked under cosmos, homeless in his own body. All things dissolved before his testing thought, wonder above wonder, horror above horror unfolded in his mind.

Then woman too awoke and said it was time to go and slay. And he fetched his bow and arrow, a fruit of the marriage of spirit and hand, and went outside beneath the stars. But as the beasts arrived at their waterholes where he expected them of habit, he felt no more the tiger’s bound in his blood, but a great psalm about the brotherhood of suffering between everything alive.

That day he did not return with prey, and when they found him by the
next new moon, he was sitting dead by the waterhole.


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