Thursday, August 12, 2010

Boundaries in the Mind's Eye

Let's say you went to bed last night somewhere in the USA (as you knew it in your mind's eye a few days ago). When you woke up tomorrow to the above map, where would you be living a month from now?  If things are really real, how so and why not?

Map source: Libres États d'Amérique -- French version based on ideas set forth in G. Etzel Pearcy (1905-1980), A 38 State U.S.A (Horizons of Thought, Plycon monograph series), 1973.

Today's Rune: The Self.


Erik Donald France said...

What is this world? A complex whole, subject to endless revolutions. All these revolutions show a continual tendency to destruction; a swift succession of beings who follow one another, press forward, and vanish; a fleeting symmetry; the order of a moment. I reproached you just now with estimating the perfection of things by your own capacity; and I might accuse you here of measuring its duration by the length of your own days. You judge of the continuous existence of the world, as an ephemeral insect might judge of yours. The world is eternal for you, as you are eternal to the being that lives but for one instant. Yet the insect is the more reasonable of the two. For what a prodigious succession of ephemeral generations attests your eternity! What an immeasurable tradition! Yet shall we all pass away, without the possibility of assigning either the real extension that we filled in space, or the precise time that we shall have endured. Time, matter, space—all, it may be, are no more than a point.

--Denis Diderot, Lettre sur les aveugles, 1749.

the walking man said...


Because I have always loved that mountain chain and the places in it, the people and the music they make that stretches back to the Celtic root and I have seen enough of urban humanity to last me for the rest of my life.

Charles Gramlich said...

The Ozarks for sure. They'll always be home.

Lana Gramlich said...

Wherever Charles is, because that's all that matters. :)