All I want before I enter the void is a few good answers. Having sat at the feet of wise men and wimmin for decades I am no closer to any satisfying answers. Research, it seems, is often a form of unclimaxed mental masturbation.
ARK has kindly led us to an equation that might help. (Thanks for that … you’ll keep!) but I no longer do sums myself; I prefer to sit on a log in a forest and ponder. I’ve met a lot of nice rabbits and fantails doing so but am no closer to truth than when I was a lad. More tools are available today, with even fewer answers. Bummer.
Too many unknowns. Too many unanswerables. It’s only when you actually think about stuff you realise that your heroes have feet of clay (thanks for that, Dr Brian Cox … you’ll keep).
So I still think the Zen folks make better sense than many—to paraphrase Basho* and his buddies:
“What is the sound of one hand clapping?”
And therein lies the answer to all questions.
PS Don’t forget to tip the monkey on your way out…
* I think it was he … the famous haiku; I refer to it often ‘cos it’s the only sense in all of literature. (The frog one, of course …)