Sunday, 16 October 2016
Adzel On Earth
Adzel, who will be the planetologist in Nicholas van Rijn's first trader team, studies at the Clement Institute of Planetology, a tribute to Hal Clement.
James Ching writes that:
"Adzel talks a lot about blessings in disguise..." (The Van Rijn Method, p. 177)
I suppose any painful experience potentially is, or at least can be seen as, a blessing because it is a challenge to reflect on experience. But the opportunity for reflection might be after rather than during the experience? Gautama who became the Buddha was untroubled while being brought up in secluded luxury but was shocked and began to look for answers when abruptly confronted with sickness, old age and death. Adzel learns to regard long delays in commuting as opportunities for study or meditation. Perhaps, despite their possession of bodies, experienced meditators can come to resemble the hypersomatic being described to CS Lewis by Ransom:
"'Not waiting. They never have that experience. You and I are conscious of waiting, because we have a body that grows tired or restless, and therefore a sense of cumulative duration. Also we can distinguish duties and spare time and therefore have a conception of leisure. It is not like that with him. He has been here all this time, but you can no more call it waiting than you can call the whole of his existence waiting. You might as well say that a tree in a wood was waiting, or the sunlight waiting on the side of a hill.'"
-CS Lewis, The Cosmic Trilogy (London, 1990), p. 168.
(There are some challenging thoughts in the Ransom Trilogy. This passage is in Perelandra/Voyage To Venus, Chapter 2.)
Adzel drinks whiskey in beer tankards, plays chess and poker, sings well and has converted to Buddhism.