意味を設計する | Design the meanings

「すべての物事を対等なものとしてみる」ことの反対は、「物事に差をつけてみる」ことだ。「差」の根拠は、価値や意味や順序だ。それらはキャンセルできる、と「対等」観はいう。仏教っぽく言えば、価値も意味も順序も皆な「空」というわけだ。

一切対等、一切皆空ならば、部分と全体は等しく、微小と極大は等しく、一瞬は永遠に等しいことになる。それはなにか起伏のない、のっぺらぼうで退屈な風景になりはしないか。ならない。対等観〜空観は、価値や意味のシステムを破壊するためにあるのではないからだ。むしろ、キャンセルできるとわかっていればこそ、価値や意味を使いこなし、設計すらできる。

…なんてことを正法眼蔵「全機」の章から読み取ったのだが、どの文がそう言っているのか特定できない。たぶん、行間に書いてあるのだ。

 

In the opposite side of “looking all beings as equal” is the idea of differentiation, where things are arranged in distinct classes based on values, meanings, or orders that are, from the equalist point of view, to be cancelled. Using a more Buddhist term, they are “empty”.

Assuming all things are equal and all values are empty, no difference would exist between the whole and its parts, the maximum and the minimum, the eternity and a second. If you have an impression on this flat landscape boring to live, I need to say the impression is wrong because the ideas of equality and emptiness does not aim to destroy and nullify orders but to clarify their dispensability. Only if their dispensable nature is recognized, you will be freed from orders and be a handler or even a designer of orders.

Though the above speculation is what I read from the chapter “Undivided Activity” in Shobogenzo, I can’t identify the lines. Maybe it was written between the lines, in the emptiness.

 

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