It’s true, what you say–and yet it’s not!
This is the last comment written by Glenn Wallis on the Speculative Non-Buddhism blog. After that – on Mai 9th 2013, 13:42 UTC – the commentary section of the blog shut down. In an eery silence this huge mountain range of text lies dormant now. What is left to hear are the ventilators and electric humming sounds of the server farms which let bits and bytes flow – until a sun storm (or any other end) wipes their digital configurata into the nirwahn of white noise.
What preceded the closure was struggle. But it is not about struggle now wich ended this two year experiment… or rather brought to an end the first phase of speculative non-buddhism. It is about the gems hidden in this mountain. The blog – commentary section and texts – might host something around 1 million words. Each and every one written by a human thrilled in one way or another by the leading idea of this blog:
What happens with Buddhism if we really begin to think?
„Thrilled“ meaning everything from annoyance to enthusiasm. But what is it that thrilled the spectators and participants? That is the question I want to put forward here. Think of this post and its thread that might or might not ensue as if it where some kind of guest book. You leave the show and before you go and disappear into the night you put a note into it. What was it that made you curious? What idea, what discussion, what stupidity or what brilliant thought? Forget about the characters you hated and loved. What intrigued you in the first place and made you watch the play – or even engage in it yourself?
Put down a short note and think of it too as something witch might help to navigate this dormant giant in the future. Be specific. No general hail, debauch or damnation. What was it? Name it, cite it and if you remember the place, link it.
I put this question to everybody. The x-, pseudo-, real-, crypto- and non-buddhists. Wether you have been pissed off or you were fascinated, take a moment to put down a note.