Your turn. Go ahead. Light up your particle episode.

It is through the individual brain alone that there passes the momentary illumination in which a whole country-side may be transmuted in an instant…Man’s mind, like the expanding universe itself, is engaged in pouring over limitless horizons…The great artist, whether he is a musician, painter, or poet, is known for this absolute unexpectedness.  One does not see, one does not hear, until he speaks to us out of that limitless creativity which is his gift.

The flash of lightning in a single brain also flickers along the horizon of our more ordinary heads. Without that single lightning stroke in a solitary mind, however, the rest of us would never have known the fairyland of The Tempest, the midnight world of Dostoevsky, or the blackbirds on the yellow harvest fields of Van Gogh. We would have seen the blackbirds and endured the depravity of our own hearts, but it would not be the same landscape that the act of genius transformed. The world without Shakespeare’s insights is a lesser world, our griefs shut more inarticulately in upon themselves. We grow mute at the thought – just as an element seems to disappear from sunlight without Van Gogh. Yet these creations we might call particle episodes in the human universe – acts without precedent, a kind of disobedience of normality, unprophesiable by science, unduplicable by other individuals on demand. They are part of that unpredictable newness which keeps the universe from being fully explored by man.

Loren Eiseley, “Strangeness in the Proportion” from The Night Country

Image: eikadan


  1. eternally surprising ourselves.

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  2. Sparks are flying ! ☺

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  3. Awesome! Love this David!

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  4. Thanks for yet another winner–a motivating and inspiring post (again.) Here’s something else your readers might enjoy: One of the talents we humans have is to record events in our subconscious throughout our lives. As we age, and face a problem, our brains flash through millions of earlier events to find how we resolved similar problems. Then, using that info, we choose the course of action most likely to be successful. In a second or two. This all happens without our conscious intention. It’s called pattern recognition, and some say it’s the basis for the concept of elder wisdom. We are truly wondrous creatures. Homo Sapien: Thinking Man.

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  5. Great post, and so true!

    We ask ourselves
    Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
    Actually, who are you not to be?
    Your playing small
    Does not serve the world.
    There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking
    So that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
    As we’re liberated from our own fear,
    Our presence automatically liberates others.

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  6. Reblogged this on sherriemiranda1 and commented:
    The universe is unknown and the world would be too, if not for the great Artists that give us pause and ask us to look within for our own answers to Life’s complexity.
    Thank you, David, for this post reminding us of the mysteries of Life. They continue a story that we, too, will continue.
    Peace, love & Art for all,
    Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:


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