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- A Horse walks into a bar.
- The Bartender sees such a vivid depth
- of despair and ennui in the Horse's eyes,
- like the Horse has stared into the abyss
- and found the infinite void of nothingness so deep
- that the Horse could no longer believe
- that he himself nor anyone nor anything else existed.
- To say something exists requires knowledge of self,
- which requires knowledge of existence of the self,
- an obviously impossible leap of logic,
- absurd to even attempt to conceive or contemplate.
- The Bartender,
- in that single instant within the Horse's mind,
- became the nothingness the Horse perceived,
- and thus was rendered speechless.
- If neither the Horse,
- nor the Bartender,
- nor the bar itself can be said to exist,
- then why should he ask,
- how could he ask,
- "why the long face?"
- The question can have no meaning,
- and that which has no meaning cannot be stated.
- The Bartender, dumbstruck, not by realization of mortality
- but by fundamental doubt that he was ever alive,
- gazes into the endless depth of the Horse's eyes,
- and asks him, "Sir, I beg you say, do I exist?"
- The Horse replies,
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