STRUCTURE OF THE AETHER
It has one, that substance in which
Our psyches move. Aetherial, of course:
To look at it straight on suffices to change
It to something else; but fluid and mutable
Imply neither arbitrary nor weak.
Most prefer to shatter the aether often
With lots of doing, interacting, and noise.
This is necessary for the world as we know it
To exist because it is shattered aether-bricks
Which construct edifices of social convention,
Simple and discrete enough for a complex, big
Material society to maintain communication what
Constitutes reality. Fear also plays a part,
Of course. Reality extends beyond the simple
And discrete, beyond what we can pin down,
Let alone communicate, beyond our own lives.
Most fear too much potential confusion;
Many fear their own deaths. But the
Aether bricks which comprise the edifice that
Is any society are broken-off bits of a
Larger reality which does extend beyond our
View and our lives, yet whose structure we
May also observe, however incompletely.
To observe the structure of the aether...
Paying attention helps, as with any observation.
Quiet helps: not agitating the medium,
Which thus tends to relax the rigidity
Of its form, but not necessarily to
Amorphous chaos; rather to fluidity that
Can reveal qualities of the medium itself.
Pattern is inherent to human consciousness,
But not a particular pattern. There must be
A pattern; but its content derives from a mix
Of what we are and circumstance. If sustainable,
The simple and repeated disturbs the aether
Least, thus can benefit observation. Change
Takes energy and wears on known pattern
By which we can live; yet change is inevitable
As the medium of reality itself is fluid.
To observe the substance of which our own
Awareness is made and is only a part can be
Spacey, impractical, yet utterly necessary if an
Individual or a society arrives at need to
Find the place coherence can come from.
- Uncle River