Collective nouns are trouble-makers; they invariably absorb attention away from pre-word out-there-ness and stir up conflict by insisting on their own realness.  The word “mind” refers to the sum total of individual thoughts….a dot-to-dot image of something that is not a thing in itself.  The word “life” is perhaps the most strongly guarded idea; who would dare suggest there is no such thing?  But is not “life” just a convenient, “catch all” word to hold together this succession of perceptions?  We sleep…..but there is a wild, unknowable storm out there, raging beyond our most mundane certainties.


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