A Matter of Metaphysics

Many people are not well versed in the subject of Metaphysics. I am not one of them. For most of my life I have been skillfully aware of the philosophical study of being and knowing, which is Metaphysics. Though I am not quoted as often as some in this subject, I may have been a great influence on what they had to say if they had read or listened to me. Below, I offer proof of how they may have heralded my contributions if life had been different for all of us, which in itself is a matter of Metaphysics.

Terry Pratchett, for instance, once said, “In the beginning there was nothing—which exploded.”

There is no doubt in my mind that had Terry read what I wrote, it would have compelled him to write what he wrote. Here is what I wrote: “Before anything started, it blew up.”

Now, read what the so-called famous philosophers said about their study of being and knowing (credit is given), followed by what I said in my study of being and knowing. You be the judge if I would have been their inspiration. If you agree, from now on, if you are going to quote someone about the philosophy of being and knowing, quote me.

“The menu is not the meal.”—Alan Watts

“A list of foods does not a menu make.”

“The world is, of course, nothing but our conception of it.” –Anton Chekhov

“Look at the world but try not to think about what you are seeing.”

“The map is not the territory.” –Alfred Korzyubski

“You may reach your destination but it will mean nothing if you cannot refold the road map.”

“Don’t live by my words, don’t die by them, chew them slowly, digest them and smile if they give nourishment to your soul.” –Stanley Victor Paskavich

“Listen to all the words I say. However, sprinkle no salt upon them, nor soak them in Thousand Island dressing, but taste their knowledge raw.”

“He who has a true idea simultaneously knows that he has a true idea and cannot doubt of the truth of the being perceived.” –Baruch Spinoza

“He who thinks of something concurrently is aware of an idea that is unmistakably exactly that which can be discerned. Unless someone else thinks of it first.”

“The world outside is a strange but relentless mirror.” –Nebo D. Lukovich

“Life, like magic, is all done with mirrors.”

“Death is what happens when you die.” –Kevin McPherson Eckhoff

“Death is permanent; dying on stage only seems to last forever.”

“You don’t need to be a scientist to know how powerful your imagination is.” –Chris Prentiss

“Scientists don’t create good superheroes—but you can.”

“We may hop when the gods say frog but we still get to choose how fast and how high.” –Katherine Lampe

“The gods don’t jump unless you get high.”

“In the spirit realm, whatever is said becomes a reality, then, it can be same in the abode of the living, for powerful species, to say whatever they like for an immediate manifestation, it is the law in the astral planes, and we don’t care about the destination of the acting forces.” –Michael Bassey Johnson

“Where there are spirits there is no reality, so say what you like about that but without reality things can become very lonely.”

“Lovers tend to be philosophical, achievers are practical.” – Amit Kalantri

“Lovers do what they can to achieve sex.”

“Time is the mind of space.” –Samuel Alexander

“The space of your mind helps you tell time.”

“Reality is the mind of the eye.” –Stanley Victor Paskavich

“Don’t mind what you really see.”

“Soon we shall discover that the temple of all humanity is nothing less than the temple of the living god!” –Linda De Coff

“All of humanity could fit on the head of a pin, if that pin were large enough, like, say, a huge temple.”

“The universe is a gigantic amusement park in which we can have a ride or two.” –Stefan Emunds

“If nothing else, the universe is gigantic.”

“Wisdom plus knowledge equals understanding.” Reid A. Ashbaucher

“To know wisdom is knowledge, to understand knowledge is wisdom.”

“The person who wishes to attain human perfection should study logic first, next mathematics, then physics, and, lastly, metaphysics.” –Maimonides

“I was born in Maimonides Hospital.”

“Spiritual awakening is an identity shift. You are God!” –Erin Fall Haskell

“I had a dream I was God but quit because it was way above my pay grade.”

“Why are we here? We’re here to go!” –William S. Burroughs

“When you gotta go, you gotta go; then you are gone, which is why you got here in the first place.”

“Being is always becoming; people change and stay the same.” –Dexter Palmer

“Being, becoming, changing; what the hell is the difference?”

“When you start to notice the mystical, the mystical will start to notice you.” –Dacha Avelin

“Presto; there is something up my sleeve.”

“Everything in the seen world is a dim reflection or representation of the unseen world.” –Dan P

“Everything that can be seen is there and everything that cannot be seen is there, too.”

Written By

Known for his comedic acumen, Cotolo has made his living as a writer and a performer all of his life and during the lives of others. He is the author of the novel License to Skill and has co-authored its screenplay version, Molotov Memoirs, a collection of short stories. The Complete and Unabridged History of Japan, an epic novel, and a serious novella, Sweet Shephered. Frank Cotolo was born in Brooklyn and has worked in broadcasting, film, theater, music and television. He is currently the host of Cotolo Chronicles, one of the Internet’s first live broadcast radio shows.

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