is versus is not

metaverse (V)

last snapshots from our trip

After my last post (metaverse IV) Schrödinger, his cat, you, and I basically agreed that IS and NOT-IS can exist at the same time. I originally wanted to go much deeper into my understanding of IS and NOT-IS in my paintings as for me, this aspect exists in different qualitative forms. Since too many aspects of quantum physics, Zen Buddhism, and Daoism play an important role, it is obvious that this is a construct that is difficult to understand – and time-consuming. And the more you delve into the subject, the more exciting treatises you come across. Therefore, in conclusion to this small series on the subject of the metaverse, I would like to simply show a few more snapshots from my metaverse with a few remarks and refer to a few very useful links on this subject in the appendix.

This way I can also briefly introduce the qualitative levels mentioned.

Light version

A simple picture. IS and NOT-IS are obvious at first glance. What we maybe first see as a dried leaf skeleton later appears to us as a bird wing. What is close conveys a feeling of space, what is far becomes close.

Medium version

At first glance, this picture looks quite realistic e.g. a scene in the water. Over-realistic areas meet bold brushstrokes that do not describe figurative things but, in combination with the former, suggest specific content and at the same time question it again.

A core statement of (Zen-)Buddhism is that everyone and everything is connected. And these are connections that go beyond our earthly existence. This is an idea that has now also been confirmed by quantum physics and which is also of central importance in Daoism.

If you look at this picture from this point of view, you will notice how strongly every single line, even the dot, is related to the other parts of the picture. A communication is created that we also find in nature – but we have often forgotten how to listen to this communication.

How strong IS:: IS NOT can also have an effect in the “invisible” area showing the predominantly imaginary bar from the middle left of the picture to the middle above. Barely existent, it still has the power of the actual painted lines.

Strong version

This image now finally looks like a photo. Not only that, some passages appear to have been examined with a magnifying glass. (We always take photos at face value and with a magnifying glass anyway). So we have the impression of having something right in front of our eyes. And yet: Look at the picture for at least 10 seconds and then look away. And now write an essay describing what you have seen. It would probably be a short essay.

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A joke to the day

As we all know by now, we will communicate as avatars in M.Z.’s metaverse. We can design these according to your wishes.

Conversation between my avatar designer and me. “Your avatar is ready sir, designed according to your wishes. Enjoy!”. “Oh no! Man, when I said I wanted to look like a hybrid of Richard Burton and Elvis Presley, I was thinking more about womanizer and rock ‘n’ roll and not about the last phase of their lives”.


If anyone is interested in delving further into the subject as it relates to Zen Buddhism, Quantum Physics, and Philosophy, the links below are a good place to start.

For a better understanding of Chinese painting in general I would like to refer to my small and generally easy-to-understand series: The Essence of Chinese Painting

“The Universe in a Single Atom” by the Dalai Lama, Morgan Road Books, 2005 (excerpt Wikipedia)

Dalai Lama: Religion Without Quantum Physics Is an Incomplete Picture of Reality

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4 responses to “metaverse (V)”

  1. aparna12 avatar

    Wow. Awesome.

    1. Zettl Friedrich avatar

      Thank you very much! I am happy you like it.

  2. swabby429 avatar

    I appreciate the depth of the Dalai Lama’s intellectual grasp of physics. He is not tempted to utilize the pseudo-scientific, jargon-filled approach that is exploited by many other religious and motivational writers.

    1. Zettl Friedrich avatar

      Right, he is a great mind in many respects and I wish more people would pay attention.

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