to say: to
have everything is as though to have nothing, or: to want everything
is as if to want nothing, or: to be everywhere is like to be
nowhere... And so on. The list of such sayings could be really long:
to see everything is like to see nothing, to have heard everything is
as if to have heard nothing, to know everything is as if to know
nothing... Is it really so? Who knows... An overwhelming majority of
sayings of that sort is very imprecise, this one as well; not only
due to the phrase „as though” or „as if” or „like”;
although this phrase is very often omitted and not uttered at all and
we say simply “to know everything is to know nothing”, it is
present in our minds, and its presence indicates the similarity of
the situations being compared, not their sameness. While we can not
say that two things are more or less identical because they are
either identical or they are not, we can easily say that two things
are more or less similar. This is clear and obvious, however obvious
things and matters also need profound analysis, since their
obviousness is a very nasty trap so dangerous for our awareness and
carefulness... And, interestingly, not everything can be combined in
such a way. For example: to have eaten everything is as though to
have eaten nothing. Even if we emphasized as though,
sentence would sound bizarre. Perhaps the source of bizarreness
is the fact eating is something concrete, of a binary nature, 0-1,
not abstract like being, knowing or having (possessing) are.
Well, in fact we don't know what to be, to have or to know really
mean – but we know very well what to eat means.
is also very interesting whether the reversed saying would bring the
same or at least similar message: to have nothing is as if to have
everything, or: to know nothing is as though to know everything...
And so on. Certainly, many a reversed saying would surprise us with
its oddity, even craziness, also with troublesome acuteness.
go bravely forward and further.
everywhere is as if to be nowhere. If
so, then: to go everywhere is like to go nowhere. What means that
everywhere is nowhere. Or, everything is as if nowhere. Does it mean
also that nowhere is everywhere? This I don't know. But I know that
somewhere (under, over, above, before, behind or nearby) all other
domains should be listed: the existing and used ones, the existing
and not used ones (if there are any), the non-existing which might
exist and be used... And so on. Practically this would mean to create
the set of two-letter and three-letter combinations. And four-letter
combinations, too. The fact many of them were
not attributed to any domain existing now, did not mean such
situation would last for ever. Nobody knows how many and what domains
will appear – if .xxx
means right now pornographic websites, .yyy
could mean puritanic websites. And .unl
combination could mean websites unlike all the others. For example.
And so on.
if: to write everything is as though to write nothing, while: to
write nothing is as if to write everything, I wonder what we can
expect clicking .AOD combination.