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What is Both/And all about?

The Law of the Excluded Middle – ‘everything must either be or not be’ to use Bertrand Russell’s snappy summary – is a technical term in formal logic but it also helps illustrate one of the biggest delusions of them all…

If we check our own minds… we often feel that if something is anything then… logically… it must be either true or not true and no other possibility exists.

I think Peter is a git. Someone else disagrees, ‘Peter is great!’. So we argue. Either he is a git, or he is not a git. We just need to look at evidence. Or persuade the other person.

Or… most often… decide the other person is also a git.

Both/And thinking enters the Excluded Middle… And, when you add in some Buddhadharma (especially what is called “The Middle Way”) then we arrive at The Excluded Middle Way.

It’s an interesting mental space, one to be explored.

Neither from itself nor from another,
Nor from both,
Nor without a cause,
Does anything whatever, anywhere arise.

-Nagarjuna

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