10 Oct 2003
…Hello, Scott Raymond, Gentleman Adventurer. For the next few weeks, I’ll be post updates here instead of in the
usual spot. With a little luck and free WiFi, It’ll turn into a decent cam-mo-trave-blog.
For now, though, I’m off to the airport. 20-some hours from now, I’ll be in Toyko, and that’s about all I know.
The slightly-interactive map of my trip that you see above show’s my location present, past, and yet to come. Hat tip to Brian for
the map tool.
We start, then, with nothing, pure zero. But this is not the nothing of negation. For not means other than, and other is merely a synonym of the ordinal numeral second. As such it implies a first; while the present pure zero is prior to every first. The nothing of negation is the nothing of death, which comes second to, or after, everything. But this pure zero is the nothing of not having been born. There is no individual thing, no compulsion, outward nor inward, no law. It is the germinal nothing, in which the whole universe is involved or foreshadowed. As such, it is absolutely undefined and unlimited possibility — boundless possibility. There is no compulsion and no law. It is boundless freedom.
—Charles S. Peirce, Logic of Events (1898)