Li Ch 7 Insight 2

He placed the book that he held onto the table and slid it across. It spun as it drew a straight line to me until it stopped just as it reached my hands. Startled, I looked down to the page it was on. Some of the writing appeared bolded. But at the top of the page was ‘The origin of the world – The Will’ . I look to him but he seemed to edge me to the open book.

The book held new indentations on the pages which appear to be markers inserted by Flow. bolded sentences stood out. Without further thought, I read those sentences.

“-One common element of all the cultures encountered is the principle that one’s perception of the world can directly affect  the environment. Upon examination of the many historical anecdotes and records encounter, It is difficult to say conclusively whether this element was present before the advent of alwright language but it appears the case.”.

It was clear that he was talking about this ability…

But to be looking for the origin of the world…

How grand…

We have had philosophers and religionists attempt this since the dawn of time. Now we have physics…

The only things that have changed are the tools used to understand the world.

From religion to philosophy to science… I wonder is this is just a common element of humans even across worlds…

I wonder is this is just a common element of humans even across worlds…

***

The surrounds all seem to await me to continue reading, it silence didn’t allow for anymore distracting thoughts.

However, it was clear that I need to read this information in its entirety as soon as possible.

“-It appears that the knowledge of one’s desires being able to generate external phenomena was ever present. But eventually, the importance of ‘intent’ was understood independently across many cultures. But strangely, location dependence and the determination that a concentration of some unknown substance was a variable in the persistence and intensity of the phenomena was not. It appears that this likely fact eluded many but a few more progressive bodies…”

I don’t get it

Why is he making me read this?

Annoyed at the lack of context, I scanned the page until a paragraph stuck out

“‘Desires’ originate in the mind and ‘intent’ ends within the world. To connect the two is one goal. And to do so is to use the concept of Will. The concept of Will is all but one in which this is achieved.  “

“…”

Desires,Intent, and Will?

So does this means that if one thought of an outcome results in such an outcome being realized?

He may have given me an answer but it sure is cryptic as it can get. But I still need him to answer the most pressing question.

I  slowly closed the book and placed it besides me.

“So… Why did you save me?”

Flow, who at some point had taken another volume, continued to flip the pages of the book without any change.

I looked towards him trying to hide my eagerness as best as I could under the circumstances.

“Do I need a reason to rescue someone in a perilous state?”

But he said only these words.

“…”

“…”

The only sound in the room were the periodic flips of pages. This must have been one of those huh…

“Alri-”

“I wasn’t lying when I said you are interesting, I just don’t see them all too often these days. But even then, when I saw you it was like…”

His tone remained even but I could hear it became increasing more enthusiastic and excited. And frankly, I felt a chill run down my spine.

“Sigh…I guess you can say its complicated”

“But, I felt you could help me with a problem I have been facing.”

Li ch 6 Insight

The desires of men remain unfulfilled even when their blood has become rust.  They are fools who seek glory even without purpose. Their ambitions burn lives and scorch the earth. The ashes and smoke stifled out the light of hope for many. Thus such a fate is fitting for them. To be bound by the curses of many. Let them roam and maybe they will understand…

If they can then, then there is hope for me.

***

“Ok…”

Flow spoke slowly.

His voice reverberated within the closed space. This face, which was cast towards the table were upon me once again.

He carried a look filled with some type of understanding as if he saw through me completely. The hair on my neck stood up. His eyes remained on me for a few minutes but then returned down to the books he had carried into the room.

“It is strange…”

He spoke with a dragging tone as if speaking to none in general. Thus I remained silent, waiting for him to continue. His voice had trailed to a mumble for whatever reason but it confused me as to what he was talking about.

“I thought you would draw it out more…”

Maybe his voice had a tinge of disappointment or so I thought because his next words confused me.

“I had suspected you have an unusual history but even that is hard to believe…”

“You are not lying to me? Or are you ?”

I could not help my face contorting under the pressure of his gaze but I remained resolute and shook my head. I could feel sweat forming on my brow.

“Humph, not like you have it inside you to do so anyway

…Somehow, his word just then pissed me off a bit.

As if sensing this, smiled as if to edge me on.

This guy personality-

is trouble for sure.

But what choice did I have but I not give him a reason to kick me out. That is, if he had not one already.

And that means keeping my mouth shut for now.

“Well…”

As he spoke, he took a book into his hands languidly and casually opened it. It was the same book that I had earlier -‘Vol 1’.

But did he really believe my story? Such a crackpot sounding tale?

Such a crackpot sounding tale?

“You must have questions…”

“Huh?”

“I’ll answer a few”

So he has a conscience?

He says that only answers those that he wants to. While I never considered myself to be a prideful guy, I couldn’t help but laugh at myself right now.

“I don’t think it’s fair to me to have interrogated someone so harshly when he has not done anything wrong.”

“…So where is this”

“Here…?

“Hmm…”

“This place-”

He turned his sight from one end to the room to another.

“-is my base of operation. I use this place to process my research so you are in luck.”

Is he a researcher?

“It has been a long time since I started so this place is a trove information. It’s kind of my life’s work.”

So if that’s the case it could be that…

Let me see…

“You know about similar cases like me don’t you?”

He closed his eyes

” one thing one should learn is to when you should push and pull”

“give and take…”

Seriously what is this guy talking about?

“-Another is this world is filled with possiblities…”

Where was he going with this?

“-and I lived a long life”

“It not that strange to think that you came from another world”

“Unusual as it is not impossible.”

He must have read about a similar case. I was about to press on but his words stuck me as a warning.

He kept his gaze on me as he awaited my response.

“…”

I wondered if he was testing me. Either way, I would better make more sense of my situation than develop conjecture.

“…But this library, where is it? ”

He nodded slowly

“The Black region of the Green Sea”

Green Sea?

a forest?

That would make sense…

But the ‘Black region’?

“We are on its edges”

“Is not a place where one should dwell for long…”

He is being vague.

“Well… apart from exceptions”

“like you?”

He laughed softly and nodded. A small smile formed.

I continued

“Why?”

“There are many reasons, but the most important is that you will get lost and meet a horrible fate”

“…”

“This place, does everyone has superpowers?”

“Super powers? What are those? ”

“Like cutting through rock and controlling the earth”

“Hmm…”

He seemed to ponder my words more deeply than I expected.

” So, does your world have superpowers?”

“Only in fiction!”

***

After a short while, Flow broke the silence.

“What comes to mind is something called Path Tracing. Have you heard of it?”

How does he expect me to know such things?

“No… What is it?”

“There are many forms, but it can be summarized as tracing one’s desires to one’s intent throughout the medial layer. Its an embodiment of a great will which is ever present here.”

“As ubiquitous as it is here and as simple as the concept is, many people study the phenome for much of their lives.”

“What do you mean by ubiquitous? Do you mean than anyone can use it?”

“Though there extremely rare exceptions, that is the case. Not just people but even beasts do.”

I wonder…

“So, Can I learn to use it?”

A wide grim appeared on his face

“You should.”

“!”

…At least that what I would like to think.”