Oct 29 2008

The Universe in a Backyard

Published by at 9:08 pm under personal

The English poet William Blake wrote:

To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.

Is it hypocritical for a person to be strongly scientifically-oriented yet to seek out sublime experiences (some blend of aesthetics, emotion and meaning)? I don’t think so. Being able to “artistically experience” the universe and being able to think about it scientifically are not mutually exclusive. True, you may not be able to wear both hats snugly at the same time. . . .

Flowers, birds, stars and planets – we tend to think of these as art when someone bothers to paint or photograph them and hang their work on a wall.

I once considered making myself a custom pair of eyeglasses. I’d use two, small picture frames to hang the lenses just above my nose. That way everything would be art. Including my eyes.

[photo thanks to Astronomy Picture of the Day]

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