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Fumes - Treasures of Meaning - photo by ROKMA

The concept of meaning starts with emptiness. It is like an empty bowl.

Fumes - Treasures of Meaning - photo by ROKMA

You may fill an empty bowl with whatever you may wish – whether it be rice, fruit or soup – and yet it is impartial to its contents.

Fumes - Treasures of Meaning - photo by ROKMA

And after you fill your bowl you soon empty it again.

Fumes - Treasures of Meaning - photo by ROKMA

You ingest its contents, let them nourish you, and then the next day fill your bowl with something else and repeat the process all over again.

Fumes - Treasures of Meaning - photo by ROKMA

Most of the time however, the bowl stays empty. And so it is with meaning.

Fumes - Treasures of Meaning - photo by ROKMA

It starts out as an empty bowl, but people are uncomfortable with emptiness.

Fumes - Treasures of Meaning - photo by ROKMA

They like things they can conceptualise.

Fumes - Treasures of Meaning - photo by ROKMA

Things they can feel.

Fumes - Treasures of Meaning - photo by ROKMA

So they quickly fill their empty bowl of meaning with whatever happens to come along, or with whatever makes them feel good.

Fumes - Treasures of Meaning - photo by ROKMA

This is fine, but the problem is most people just leave their acquired meaning in the bowl. They never fully ingest its contents and let them nourish themselves.

Fumes - Treasures of Meaning - photo by ROKMA

The bowl never goes back to being empty. It never gets the chance to be filled with anything else... something different.

Fumes - Treasures of Meaning - photo by ROKMA

And just like rice in a bowl that never gets eaten gets rotten and stale, so does uningested meaning.

Fumes - Treasures of Meaning - photo by ROKMA

The beauty of meaning is the fact that it may be whatever you wish. There is no intrinsic meaning of anything.

Fumes - Treasures of Meaning - photo by ROKMA

You may fill your bowl again and again with different substance. You may find different meanings for the same thing and this is just fine. No contradiction needs to occur.

Fumes - Treasures of Meaning - photo by ROKMA

Moreover, the treasures with which you may fill your bowl of meaning are unlimited.

Fumes - Treasures of Meaning - photo by ROKMA

They are plentiful and boundless, and as deep as the dark blue sea. They can be positive, negative, or both at the same time.

Fumes - Treasures of Meaning - photo by ROKMA

But don’t ever let your treasures of meaning go to waste. Never let them go stale. Ingest these treasures, let them nourish your being.

Fumes - Treasures of Meaning - photo by ROKMA

Then let the bowl go back to being empty, without being uncomfortable about the emptiness.

Fumes - Treasures of Meaning - photo by ROKMA

In fact, if you truly understand this, the emptiness is liberating.

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