I am very interested in philosophy, particularly Zen Buddhism (Dogen) (ketsudo is my Zen name, although I no longer practice regularly) and it’s relationship to recent continental philosophy (Nietzsche, Heidegger, Derrida, Deleuze). My ketsudo philosophy is very simple. It is that there is no such thing as a void, but there is nothing (no-thing). Nothing only makes sense if there is something.
With an abacus a column with no counters was marked with a “.” , signifying no thing and was a placeholder, to allow the user to understand the value of the counters on either side of the “.”. Eventually the “.” evolved into zero – 0. In the same way, in the ketsudo puzzles, the filling in of the missing letters give meaning to the spiral letters on either side. And the spiral letters equally make the missing word spectrally present. The placeholder is the origin of the mathematically revolutionary use of zero, which gave rise to calculus and all advanced science since.
I have a theory that the Buddha’s enlightenment, or realisation, was nothing more, or less, than the realisation of the true significance of zero, or sunya in Sanskrit. The Buddha was very interested in mathematics, and the use of a placeholder was current in the Buddha’s time; from Babylon and Greece to India.
To exist means to be conscious of the virtuality of our non-existence. To say “I am” is to already admit the possibility that I might not be, until death. This it seems to me is a very liberating and authenticating realisation. Interdependence.
My puzzles, mesostics and music are all influenced by these ideas.