Nigel Humphreys Poet

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                                                        OF MOMENT 2013 

Of Moment launched in a Central London bookshop

Throughout most lives, as attested by many individuals, there occur unexplainable moments of revelatory character which hint at something beyond the remit of atoms.  These could of course result from hallucinatory chemical reactions or imbalances in the brain.  The personality is utterly and absolutely dependent on the brain and drugs clearly demonstrate how the the brain’s ability to interpret sense data can be dramatically compromised.   Doubt is therefore always present and would seem to be an inevitable cog in the mechanics of human experience.  But setting doubt aside these inexplicable experiences (which are usually characterised by their fleeting nature and jolting impact) do convince not only through an accumulative affect over time but by an ineffable intrinsic quality of truth.  They seem to carry within them the ability to convince.  Some may call these mystical experiences. I shy from that.

 

The personality is free to ignore these instants of perception of course, shrug them off as ‘just one of those things’ but the seeker will not and will be constantly frustrated by them.  They manifest what is possible and cannot be gainsaid.  If seekers at this point make a Pascal Wager with the rest of their lives they have nothing to lose and everything to gain if these immense moments are permitted the authenticity of communication.  At the very least they are of moment.

 

If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things. (Rene Descartes)