Life Goes On – A Toynbeean Meditation

David Arthur Walters

Chinese Ghost by Chen Yun


A Toynbeean Meditation

Life goes on. I am still working on Vol. VII of My Suicide Note, which is an elaboration of my favorite theme: Nothing; Something; Nothing. I took pause from my opus this morning to brew another pot of coffee and revisit Arnold Toynbee’s Study of History. I have the unabridged version, in ten volumes plus ‘Reconsiderations.’

Toynbee’s Study may appear to be a labyrinthine maze of incongruous tapestries to the student unfamiliar with the metaphysical triune. His theme is quite simple. Indeed, the most cutting criticism of the work is that he knew where he was going and how he would get there before he started his long and arduous trek, and then stuck with it over the years as if he had learned nothing new along the way.

First of all, we have the Beginning, or the Source, and…

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