Step Into the Light by Greg Beecham
This world we live in is but thickened light. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
It is we who are the measure of what is strange and miraculous: If we sought a universal measure the strange and miraculous would not occur and all things would be equal.
Georg Christoph Lictenberg, Physicist (1742-1799)
For me the world is weird because it is stupendous, awesome, mysterious, unfathomable; my interest has been to convince you that you must assume responsibility for being here, in this marvelous world, in this marvelous desert, in this marvelous time. I want to convince you that you must learn to make every act count, since you are going to be here for only a short while, in fact, too short for witnessing all the marvels of it. — Carlos Castaneda (anthropologist), Journey to Ixtlan
…the brain is not just a tool for grappling with the world. It’s what brings the world about.
Iain McGilchrist, The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Modern World
Whoever wants music instead of noise, joy instead of pleasure, soul instead of gold, creative work instead of business, passion instead of foolery, finds no home in this trivial world of ours.
My problem is I am an analogue thinker in a digital world.
This tremendous world I have inside of me. How to free myself, and this world, without tearing myself to pieces. And rather tear myself to a thousand pieces than be buried with this world within me. — Franz Kafka
Above the Roof Tops painted by Edward John Poynter, 1866
I sound my barbaric yawp over the rooftops of the world. — Walt Whitman
[image via Fludd, Utriusque Cosmi, Maioris scilicet et Minoris, metaphysica, physica, atque technica Historia]
“What do I make of all this texture? What does it mean about the kind of world in which I have been set down? The texture of the world, its filigree and scrollwork, means that there is the possibility for beauty here, a beauty inexhaustible in its complexity, which opens to my knock, which answers in me a call I do not remember calling…” — Annie Dillard