A SENTENCE IN A LIBRARY

A library is a thing, but every book within that thing is something else that can be thought without the library.

A book in turn is opened to a page, and on a page is read a line, and through that line the reader comes to the relation: because the meaning of the line is that the line is in relation to itself. The relation to the line is not determined by the lines that came before it, nor the syntax of the sentence, though the reading of the line implies a history. The meaning of the line is the relation to that line, as the expression of a past that has no memory save the present to engage in. Or the meaning of the line is that the line can have such meaning to engage in.

 

“Every thing is in relation to itself”, is a particular example.

 

The sentence is consistent in itself, and needs no reference to a line outside itself, and makes no sense when broken down to its constituents – except when they are taken in themselves to mean themselves in the relation – which allows for more than any one clear meaning. The meaning of the sentence is the sense of the relation to itself that may be read in other contexts. The sentence may itself also be read in new relations with new meaning.

 

The unilateral relation to the sentence on the page is an example that may only be compared to the relation to an automatic teller in a street in the direction or the sense of the relation to a thing as an analogy to read from.

 

The unilateral relations of the one are analogical relations of the others to the one.

 

An exemplar bought by means of a particular relation to [a world] is in relation to a third, which has alternative conditions of significance (or worth) to take account of.

 

The books are in connection with each other in the library, but one book has more or less association with the library, and with any other book outside the library.

Excerpt from Exemplar (Orbis Tertius Press, 2021)

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