Sunday, September 1, 2013


 Robert Aitken


"When you cling to nothing as something, then you yourself are
not truly empty, and the emptiness you cherish is no more than an
idea. With this notion of emptiness, you can be persuaded that the
homeless are an illusion, the rain forests are not being destroyed,
there are no traditional peoples who are dying out, there is no one
 freezing or starving or dying from shrapnel in the former Yugoslavia. When you run over a child with your car, there is no child, after all. Put down that "not a single thing" or your successors will use it to enhance and support brutality and imperialism. "

 Robert Aitken

 Original Dwelling Place
(p. 154)
Counterpoint 1996