Again, they found themselves seated underneath a stain-glass dome supported by hand-hewn pillars of a reddish wood. A soft breeze was blowing, its kinetic energy calling forth musical notes from the many assorted chimes present. To the left and outside the pavilion, water tumbled happily over a granite boulder before joining the clear water of the pond below. Multicolored koi rested atop the stones lining the bottom of the pond.
To the right of the pine plank floor stood a carefully racked gravel bed mimicking waves moving outward after a stone is dropped into still water. Clearly, the pavilion was standing in a well-tended Japanese garden.
After several minutes, Ichi-san entered into the pavilion wearing the robes of a Zen Roshi. He approached our Rav and bowed respectfully, such bow being returned by Rav. Smiling, he gave Rav a great bear hug exclaiming, “Rav-san, back so soon?”
“Ichi-san, old friend, these little ones and I reached the summit of the Great Mountain and been gifted many soul-growing experiences. They now understand what traveling the Unborn Path and Not-Path means and that all systems establish purposes for themselves. Just yesterday, they got another lesson in coming to an understanding the meaning of the universe and man’s proper place therein.”
Ichi-san said, “Come Rav-san and sit beside me and tell me of your adventures.” Both went to the east side of the pavilion, bowed together to a gold-leafed Buddha, and turned to sit upon two cushions in front of the Buddha with the students on cushions in front of them.
As they sat, Rav told Ichi-san of the adventures in Camelot and Wonderland. Ichi-san was most delighted to hear than Morgana was carrying an elf female inside her womb. He broke out laughing at the stories of our adventures in Wonderland and the antics of Mary Ann. He was most concerned as to the unrest in Nouseum and elsewhere in the outer worlds.
At last, Rav asked, “Ichi-san, please tell the students about the difference between human conceived meaningfulness and inherent meaningfulness. Caterpillar did a very good job describing purpose and the secondary, human, value-added abstractions which are called meaningful.”
Ichi-san answered, “Let me begin with a passage from the Old Testament Bible, Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (KJV),
1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven;
2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.”
“These poetic lines do an excellent job, intellectually and emotionally, of explaining the law of purpose at all levels of universal expression. If I asked each of you, ‘what do these lines mean to the human social experience,’ I am sure each can provide an acceptable answer. Such answers, being valued-added abstractions, informing us, how purpose casually affect all of us. Correct?”
Everyone nodded in agreement.
“However, the subject matters addressed within each and every line, carry a deeper, hidden meaning when understood in their totality. A meaning expressing the uncertainty and unpredictability of life. Let me explain more.
“We all understand that a stochastic uncertainty manifests in the quantum world. We can mathematically model an ensemble of similar quantum experiments so to derive the probability distribution of end observables. However, it is impossible to predict with absolute certainty where a single quantum will be detected, even though, the mathematical equations are linear and deterministic. Therefore, at the quantum level their exists inherent uncertainty.
Moreover, at the macroscopic or classical level of observation the laws of motion remain linear, but it is impossible to predict what happens exactly after many interactions–such unpredictably being described by Chaos. Moreover, at large scales the random nature of quantum uncertainty negates itself.”