About ‘everything’ there’s not a lot to be said –
so here goes.
Imagined as a snapshot
its constituents appear crisply together
when in fact they are aeons apart.
The synoptic story,
stars in the sky,
is vibration from distant objects
which themselves may no longer exist.
Even so things meet in us now.
On a clear night it’s a compelling prospect,
fair stab at a picture of everything,
and projected into the future
hangs together or falls apart
according to taste.
Which introduces other uncertainties.
Heisenberg’s. The pathetic fallacy.
Objectivity as the view from nowhere.
Thought experiments which strain to include the thinker.
We count from indefinite ground,
everything in the cupboard or garden shed, to be sure;
everything without constraint? Difficult.
It stirs up the philosophical gremlins,
paradox, contradiction, indeterminacy.
“The world is all that is the case”
kicked off Wittgenstein.
Can’t argue with that.
But resting on what?
The Big Bang? God? Nothing?
We can’t think beyond everything –
that doesn’t mean its enough.

Published by davidcookpoet

I am a husband, father and grandfather. I retired from a busy working life as an adult psychiatrist in 2014. My interests are in literature, philosophy, modern jazz and horse racing. I might represent those four fields by Shakespeare, Kant, Charlie Parker and Lester Piggott. Like nearly all of us, I can identify a number of formative experiences, one of which was a psychotic episode in my first year as a psychiatrist. This reinforced an already established interest in mystical experience, and a sense of how little human beings know. My intellectual bugbear is reductive materialism, and I am surprised at the lack of moral imagination of those who promulgate such views. It seems to me they need to consider ,perhaps by exposure, just why totalitarianism is so horrific.

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