View Full Version : Things real, things semi-real, and mere nothings

Tommy Wilhelm
03-20-11, 01:45 PM
Post something you'd describe as semi-real, real or nothing. Semi-real earns the most points. For help, read the following:

As Tradesmen say every thing is worth what it will fetch, so probably every mental pursuit takes its reality and worth from the ardor of the pursuer - being in itself a nothing - Ethereal things may at least be thus real, divided under three heads - Things real - things semireal - and no things. Things real - such as existences of Sun Moon & Stars and passages of Shakspeare. Things semi-real such as Love, the Clouds &c which require a greeting of the Spirit to make them wholly exist - and Nothings which are made Great and dignified by an ardent pursuit - which by the by stamps the burgundy mark on the bottles of our Minds, insomuch as they are able to "consecrate whate'er they look upon".

-Keats, from a letter to Benjamin Bailey.

I'll go first and use up the best one:

Money: semi-real.

03-20-11, 03:39 PM
The internet: Semi-real. There is nothing internet-ish about any individual component, its the whole that matters.

And in that vein of thought: Semi-real: Our consciousness. An individual neuron is not conscious, nor are two connected, nor a hundred, but together they all form our collective consciousness.

Tommy Wilhelm
03-20-11, 05:16 PM
(Hey, cool, someone's tried it!)

Real: pinecones