Don’t light a lamp; there’s no oil in the house.
It’s a shame to want a light.
I have a way to bless your poverty:
Just feel your way along the wall.
—The PZI Miscellaneous Koans, Case 71 (Yinyuan Longqi)
John Tarrant talks about living in an underworld time, in a descent as a culture and as a world, and as a planet. Accepting the descent, and accepting the quality of being lost when it appears, is profoundly important. And there’s a great, strange, and interesting mystery in that.