Sunday, 4 September 2011

Finding uncommon ground

It is the ground rather than the content, or the competence of the messenger, which is decisive in the successful circulation of his message. 
The messenger never seeks to express anything but the inexpressible. 

And the inexpressible itself never indicates anything but the absence of the ground that might have been shared with the message's intended recipient. 

There is an overriding sense that the ground ought to be there but that it is presently inaccessible. 

The bearer of an inexpressible message is thus obliged not to convey his message at this moment but rather must first engage in preparing the ground for it. 

His expectation is that the other will meet him, and receive the message, on the prepared ground if such a territory can be made sufficiently familiar. 

This act of deferral becomes such an ingrained habit that the messenger is never quite at home, and the ground is never prepared enough. 

He finds that he must commit to preparing the ground at a deeper level, and then at a deeper level still. 

These preparations take the form of simpler and more digestible messages. 

The messenger intends such preparations to culminate in a moment, which is the ground, from where he can deliver his true message. 

But the ground, even as it is prepared by such preparatory messages, remains quite unprepared for his true message.