THE MORNING AND THE SUN

That a thing cannot be thought without another, which in turn cannot be thought without another thing, external to them both, in an expanding space of reason, like: “this shower in the bathroom in itself cannot be thought without the cycles of the rain, and the rain cannot be thought without the sense of a relation to the Sun, although this shower can be thought without my breakfast,” leads the consciousness of something to the sense of a concern for which there is no clear conception. That which is explicit and consistent is contained by an unclear association.

The relation to the shower is a manner of relation to the cycles of the rain, but a completely non-reciprocal relation of the shower to the rain, in the sense that the relation to the rain is not a manner of relation to the shower, though the rain leads to the shower. A change in the relation to the rain implies a change in the relation to the shower – for example, during drought.

The relation to the shower has been altered by the presence of the drought.

The relation to the Sun is not the same as the relation to the rain, for though the rain cannot be thought without the Sun, the Sun can be considered on its own without the rain, and without Earth, and without humans.

The terms of the relation to the drought are in relation to the shower in the bathroom, however not in the relation to the bedroom.

The Sun is in relation to itself, although it be in the relation to the morning. The morning and the Sun are incommensurate examples of a thing in the relation to itself, although the Sun is in the morning.

The relation to a single cup of tea implies the cycles of the rain, but as implied in the production of the leaves that went to make it, which in turn imply the Sun in a completely different manner than the manner of the cycles of the rain. In another way the water from the tap implies the rain, and both these manners are implied in the relation to the tea that has been given in relation to itself. The tea has no relation to the rain, nor to the sunshine, but the sense of the relation to the tea implies the terms of the relation to the Sun and the relation to (the absence of) the rain.

The implications can be thought, but are not conscious in the act of drinking tea.

The tea itself is meaningfully consistent in itself, and has no meaningful connection with the shower in the bathroom, nor the toast set down beside it – though the tea and toast are parts of that named breakfast.

Consistency is found in things themselves in the relation, not in any clear relation between things.

The immanent concern for which there is no clear relation is approached in the relation to the drought, which is implied in the relation to the shower, and implied in the relation to a flower in the garden – though the one have no relation to the other.

The relation to the drought is a relation to the Earth and to the sunshine. The concern exceeds the terms of this relation, and is that in which such things are in relation.

To be inside a house is also in a sense to be outside it.

Excerpt from Exemplar (Orbis Tertius Press, 2021)

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