Both Either And Or

Just over the ridge, first thing in the morning at the beginning of The Year Of The Great Silence (if any silence can be great),” he wrote as soon as he settled in at the keyboard, and then paused, realizing that “great’ had so many shades of meaning that he might consider a rewrite, using some other opening (even though he hadn’t even finished his first (apparently unsatisfactory) sentence, but decided against doing so because (he reasoned) either everyone would know exactly what The Great Silence was and when it had begun or they wouldn’t, in which case he would trigger their imagination and send them on a journey whose only possible destinations were either Total Enlightenment or The Eternal Void, neither of which were of his making and both of which, he knew from personal experience at the keyboard this early in the morning, could occur simultaneously.

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