A heretical proposition.
The living landscape is the only holy text.
Landscape: the planet-wide system of geological and biological processes whose physical expressions of form we identify and name.
Word: A word is equal to any identifiable unit, from organism to land formation. Any word may also be considered a letter in the composition of a larger word (i.e. “tree”, “leaf”, “forest”, “cell”, “mountain”, “stone”, “canyon”.)
1. This text is fluid. Whether subtle and slow or sudden and spectacular, every part of the text is in an unceasing state of change.αß
2. The meaning of each word is embodied in the observable form of the word itself. Each word implies its process and relations.
3. The language of the text contains no pronouns or other abstractions. No word can be substituted for another.
4. The syntax is discoverable only through direct observation, whether immediate or experimental.Γ
5. A "holy" text elucidates the divine. Here, divinity is the universal fact of continuous motion.π
6. The longer a single word or phrase is observed, the more its boundaries blur and dissolve.
7. The text can be read in any direction, spatially and temporally, expressing its own history, while remaining eternally contemporary.
8. No reader can encounter the same words in the same order as encountered by another reader. For the meaning of the text to be communally held, there must be perennial conversation.
9. To live in accordance with the teachings of the text, belief is neither necessary nor useful.
10. The text comprises a single complete sentence, which is composed of every word.
α To pass on the wisdom of the text, from one generation or reader to the next, it must be accepted and acknowledged that what is passed will not be what was initially encountered. Whereas words in written and spoken text can give an illusion of an enduring meaning, the landscape cannot.
ß The scripture cannot be held in human or machine memory and can not be recited as such.
Γ To read the text is to encounter it directly. Art, science, and ritual magic are all equally necessary modes of engagement, however: 1. Each accesses a different kind of knowledge, and 2. Not all practices within each mode are equally useful.
π Given that the text is, itself, an embodiment of unceasing motion, it is therefore miraculous and sublime, inseparable from its divinity.
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