Smashing and DESTROYING things – the way I seem to have a talent for – exposes a truth that, like all truths, might be easily revealed, although it is not easily digested before becoming knowledge. It is an assimilation that takes time.
Take a clay pot: Is it a pot or is it clay? Where does the pot begin and the clay end? Can they be separated?
It seems that clay has survived death, but my pot has not. Whereas a pot is clay, clay is not a pot. Upon the destruction of a pot, no new space in this universe is created. Upon creating a new pot, no unoccupied space in this universe is filled.
Therefore, we use one word to refer to a relative truth, relative because it depends upon the other; that other, however, depends upon nothing, because it is absolute, having remained before, during and after my pot.
And it is on this day we celebrate this Law by which all things – including ignorance – are destroyed, only to reveal the Truth, That which is Absolute, and That which connects all of us, regardless of how obscured by the ignorance of our very own clay.

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A native of Chicago, Ricky Toledano has lived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for over twenty years as a writer, translator and teacher. [a]multipicity is multi-lingual collection of reflections through the humanities.

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