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Chapter 13: Neither This nor That

And the problem with Dionysius is that professionally he is a theologian and spiritually, existentially, he is a mystic - which very rarely happens. I have never come across another case like Dionysius, not at least in the Western history of thought. In the East it has happened a few times that the same person was a mystic and a theologian, and whenever it happens in the East the same problem arises. The language is of the theologian, and in the language, in the thick forest of words, the truth is lost.

But the truth is valuable and has to be saved. That’s why I decided to speak on Dionysius. I was aware that I cannot like the way he speaks, his expression - I hate it! But I love the truth that he wants to express.

I have heard a rumor that he was really an Italian who migrated to Athens and settled there. That may explain many things: too much spaghetti, and it goes round and round!

The Italian father and son are traveling on a bus in London.

“Dad, what’s that building over there?”

“Don’t know, son.”

“Dad, what’s that statue over there?”

“Don’t know, son.”

“Dad, what’s that park over there?”

“Don’t know, son.”

“Dad, you don’t mind me asking all these questions, do you?”

“Of course not, son. How else are you going to learn?”

Italians have their own way.

They say: How do you sink an Italian ship?

Launch it!

Did you see the party where all the Italians were on the roof?

They had heard that the drinks were on the house.

“Why don’t you wipe the mud off your shoes before you enter the lobby?” the hotel clerk asks the Italian.

“What shoes?”

“Darling,” asks the Italian wife, “why do you always say nasty things about me in your sleep?”

“Who’s sleeping?” says the Italian.

The Italian couple were playing chess when the wife remarked, “This reminds me of when we were dating!”

“We never played chess in those days.”

“No, but even then it took you two hours to make a move!”

Going yet higher, we say that he is neither a soul, nor a mind.

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