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Sunday, 6 October 2019 at 21:07

Lawrence on Brough Superior on Dr John Dunn. It is said of motorcycling that it is living in the moment, not in the past, not in the future. You are only in this moment. This I think was the experience of T. E. Lawrence when he was riding his mighty Brough Superior - he was, so to speak, in the present.

Is being in the present losing yourself or being yourself?

You can lose yourself in many ways... there is always a siren call.

What is being anyway?

Do I embody it, impose it, or remain subject to it?

I’ve lived my life alone.

I never engaged in the game or the job.

Never had a friend.

Sought friendship through relationships.

Barriers have to be down, or forget it.

Defined myself by joining, but never engaging.

My sports/pastimes are solitary - cycling and motorcycling.

Solipsist am I.

Well I suppose the others will always criticise the solipsist.

They’re defending their right to a separate existence. But their grounds are weak.

Hell is indeed other people, and yet, on reflection…

But you need me…

No I don’t need you
I don’t love you
It’s over.

What’s over?
I was alive in the relationship.

It’s over.

Life is over.

© John Dunn.

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