# „Across planes of consciousness, we have to live with the paradox that opposite things can be simultaneously true.“

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##### Ram Dass99
American contemporary spiritual teacher and the author of t… 1931 - 2019

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### „If two events are to be represented as occurring in succession, then—paradoxically—they must also be thought of simultaneously.“

—  Gerald James Whitrow British mathematician 1912 - 2000

As quoted by Max Jammer, Concepts of Simultaneity: From Antiquity to Einstein and Beyond (2008)
Context: Our conscious appreciation of the fact that one event follows another is of a different kind from our awareness of either event separately. If two events are to be represented as occurring in succession, then—paradoxically—they must also be thought of simultaneously.

### „It's amazing how we can do things simultaneously, like talking and not listening.“

—  Saul Gorn computer scientist 1912 - 1992

Source: Self-Annihilating Sentences, 1992, p. 11

### „Many things are linked to being able to live with uncertainty, …with paradoxes. But this can be a strength of an organisation and a situation.“

—  John Elkann Italian businessman 1976

"Unlikely heir who saved the family jewels" http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/0693507a-4830-11e0-b323-00144feab49a.html#axzz1GZU7VVRA, Financial Times, 03-06-11

### „The simultaneous existence of opposite virtues in the soul — like pincers to catch hold of God.“

—  Simone Weil, book Gravity and Grace

Source: Gravity and Grace (1947), p. 92 (1972 edition)

### „A paradox: The things you don’t need to live—books, art, cinema, wine, and so on—are the things you need to live.“

—  Matt Haig British writer 1975

Source: The Humans

### „As if there could be true stories: things happen in one way, and we retell them in the opposite way.“

—  Jean Paul Sartre, book Nausea

Nausea (1938)

### „Whatever plane our consciousness may be acting in, both we and the things belonging to that plane are, for the time being, our only realities. As we rise in the scale of development we perceive that during the stages through which we have passed we mistook shadows for realities, and the upward progress of the Ego is a series of progressive awakenings, each advance bringing with it the idea that now, at last, we have reached "reality"; but only when we shall have reached the absolute Consciousness, and blended our own with it, shall we be free from the delusions produced by Maya [illusion].“

—  Helena Petrovna Blavatsky occult writer 1831 - 1891

### „You can want one thing and have a secret wish for its opposite.“

—  Deb Caletti American writer 1963

Source: The Six Rules of Maybe

### „We are just this blessed consciousness, nothing more, nothing less. We are the light inside light that fuses into the atoms of our bodies; we are the fire that whirls across the stellar deeps and dances all things into being.“

—  David Zindell American writer 1952

Source: War in Heaven (1998), p. 599
Context: The memory of all things is in all things, Danlo remembered. Nothing is ever truly lost.
"The true Elder Eddas," he said "are universal memories. The One memory is just the memory of the universe itself. The way the universe evolves in conscioiusness of itself and causes itself to be. We are just this blessed consciousness, nothing more, nothing less. We are the light inside light that fuses into the atoms of our bodies; we are the fire that whirls across the stellar deeps and dances all things into being."
"Now you are speaking mystically again, Little Fellow."
"About some things there is no other way to speak."

### „and if we can changethings that havealready happenedif those planes can fly inuneasy formationif that splinter mooncan blow away the shadowsthen anything,anything at all.“

—  Jaclyn Moriarty Australian writer 1968

Source: The Ghosts of Ashbury High

### „Orbs are an extension of consciousness. When we are not in the physical form, we often travel in a light sphere. It’s way beyond the nuts and bolts to understand this kind of science. In the universe we live in, we can measure less than one percent [of existing reality], and physicists believe there’s another 99 percent out there we cannot measure. There are other planes, other dimensions, and the orbs are a byproduct of these planes and dimensions.“

—  James Gilliland American academic and author 1952

James describing what Orbs are.
Source: Levin, Ken (February/March 2004). "Orbs Come Out to Play", UFO Magazine 19 (1): 39

### „We know one thing only. Absolute existence, absolute motion, absolute direction, absolute simultaneity, absolute truth, all such ideas: they have not, and never can have, any real meaning.“

—  Aleister Crowley poet, mountaineer, occultist 1875 - 1947

Appendix VI : A few principal rituals – Liber Reguli.
Magick Book IV : Liber ABA, Part III : Magick in Theory and Practice (1929)
Context: We know one thing only. Absolute existence, absolute motion, absolute direction, absolute simultaneity, absolute truth, all such ideas: they have not, and never can have, any real meaning. If a man in delirium tremens fell into the Hudson River, he might remember the proverb and clutch at an imaginary straw. Words such as "truth" are like that straw. Confusion of thought is concealed, and its impotence denied, by the invention. This paragraph opened with "We know": yet, questioned, "we" make haste to deny the possibility of possessing, or even of defining, knowledge. What could be more certain to a parabola-philosopher that he could be approached in two ways, and two only? It would be indeed little less that the whole body of his knowledge, implied in the theory of his definition of himself, and confirmed by every single experience. He could receive impressions only be meeting A, or being caught up by B. Yet he would be wrong in an infinite number of ways. There are therefore Aleph-Zero possibilities that at any moment a man may find himself totally transformed. And it may be that our present dazzled bewilderment is due to our recognition of the existence of a new dimension of thought, which seems so "inscrutably infinite" and "absurd" and "immoral," etc. — because we have not studied it long enough to appreciate that its laws are identical with our own, though extended to new conceptions.

### „I hope it is true that a man can die and yet not only live in others but give them life, and not only life but that great consciousness of life.“

—  Jack Kerouac American writer 1922 - 1969

Journal entry (November 1951) as published in the Kerouac ROMnibus http://users.ox.ac.uk/~ctitext2/resguide/resources/j100.html

### „…the famous assertion by Einstein that the length of a rod depends on its velocity and on the chosen definition of simultaneity. …is based on the fact that we do not measure the length of the rod, but its projection on a system at rest. How the length of the projection depends on the choice of simultaneity can be illustrated by reference to a photograph taken through a focal-plane shutter. Such a shutter… consists of a wide band with a horizontal slit, which slides down vertically. Different bands are photographed successively on the film. Moving objects are therefore strangely distorted; the wheels of a rapidly moving car for instance, appear to be slanted. The shape of the objects in the picture will evidently depend on the speed of the shutter. Similarly, the length of the moving segment depends on the definition of simultaneity. One definition of simultaneity differs from another because events that are simultaneous for one definition occur successively for another. What may be a simultaneity projection of a moving segment for one definition is a "focal-plane shutter photograph" for another.“

—  Hans Reichenbach American philosopher 1891 - 1953

The Philosophy of Space and Time (1928, tr. 1957)

### „The assumption that anything true is knowable is the grandfather of paradoxes.“

—  William Poundstone American writer 1955

Source: Labyrinths of Reason (1988), Chapter 12: "Omniscience", p. 260

### „Whatever you can rightly say about India, the opposite is also true.“

—  Joan Robinson English economist 1903 - 1983

Amartya Sen's article in 'The Economist' dated November 18th, 2005 http://www.economist.com/node/5133493
India

### „Neurosis was caused by our attempt to separate physical and metaphysical levels, to set them up in opposition to each other, thus engaging in an internecine war. If it is true that we do live on several levels simultaneously- drama and action, past and present, personal and collective- we are given ways to unify them: one by religion, the other by art. Separating such levels is only necessary when they conflict, and separation is a result of conflict. Seeing how these levels can work together in harmony is the task of our contemporary writers.“

The Novel of the Future (1969)

### „In Africa a thing is true at first light and a lie by noon and you have no more respect for it than for the lovely, perfect wood-fringed lake you see across the sun-baked salt plain. You have walked across that plain in the morning and you know that no such lake is there. But now it is there absolutely true, beautiful and believable.“

Source: True at First Light (1999), Ch. 10

### „This is the tragedy: Consciousness has forced us into the paradoxical position of striving to be unself-conscious of what we are—hunks of spoiling flesh on disintegrating bones.“

—  Thomas Ligotti American horror author 1953

The Conspiracy Against the Human Race: A Contrivance of Horror (2010)

### „Gentlemen, that is surely true, it is absolutely paradoxical; we cannot understand it, and we don't know what it means. But we have proved it, and therefore we know it must be the truth.“

—  Benjamin Peirce American mathematician 1809 - 1880

On Euler's identity, $e^{i \pi} + 1 = 0. \,\!$ as quoted in notes by W. E. Byerly, published in Benjamin Peirce, 1809-1880 : Biographical Sketch and Bibliography (1925) by R. C. Archibald; also in Mathematics and the Imagination (1940) by Edward Kasner and James Newman.