Diary of Eternity

10 January 2021, Helmond

It is a beauty in life that the apparent most banal things can be the incentive for an inner consideration and can be the entrance to archetypes that in the everydayness hide in comparisons.

The past weeks was worked on the text editing of a spiritual book that would be published by a small publisher. It was during the reading of earlier books and during the text editing of the former book already noticed that the chief editorial maintained commas in sentences with an 'if-then' structure. Although this is common it was by oneself experienced as rather disturbing than complementary. There was a wondering about this. For there was an agreement with the chief editorial that it was good to keep paragraph sections as small as possible. For the space between the paragraph sections would serve as resting point where the reader would be able to reflect on the read paragraph section. Were commas then not the paragraph section spaces of sentences, like paragraph section spaces can be the commas of paragraph sections? According to that analogy it should be considered as good when many commas are placed in sentences. However inwardly there was resistance.

A somewhat banal self fabricated example sentence was constructed and in its two options explored. 'If you walk, then you proceed.' 'If you walk then you proceed.' Several times the sentences were gone through whereby the experience thereof was inwardly tasted. This recalled memories to totally different but apparently still very comparable experiences. With the car driving over the road we may encounter sometimes speed ramps that make us slow down. This is good when they are placed at unsafe points but where they are placed unnecessary they are rather a disturbance because they slow down our journey.

This comparison did give an acknowledgement on the experience level but did not provide an argumentative answer. Bringing the attention that afternoon regularly to the theme an answer suddenly flashed into the mind. Reflection on subjects only becomes meaningful when those subjects have an import. And subjects only become important when they are composed. A single subject may have a significance but on itself say nothing. Walking may on itself have a significance but it only becomes important when through it is proceeded. Reflection on walking then only becomes meaningful when also the resulting proceeding is taken in consideration. The placement of the comma in the sentence 'If you walk, then you proceed' thus invites to reflection on a meaningless subject. It is only on the composed sentence 'If you walk then you proceed' that reflection becomes meaningful, and to that the closing period invites.

Thus that afternoon the banal seeming experience of a comma placement became the incentive for an inner consideration that led to an argumentative acknowledgement of the experience judgement.