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Reply To: Artistic Origins, with Professor Andrew Gurevich


Robert those are great observations about scope, scale, and meaning with regard to Laniakea, etc. In some ways, these observations must alter our understanding of the mythological truths held in the ancient texts but in another capacity they only seem to enhance and enliven the teachings.

As Joe was fond of mentioning the following: “‘God is an intelligible sphere whose center is everywhere and circumference nowhere.’ So we are told in a little twelfth-century book known as The Book of the Twenty-four Philosophers. Each of us — whoever and wherever he may be — is then the center, and within him, whether he knows it or not, is that Mind at Large, the laws of which are the laws not only of all minds but of all space as well.”
— Joseph Campbell, Myths to Live By

An astrophysicist friend confirmed this observation to me. That is, in an infinite and expanding Cosmos, one is both always and never in the center of it. God is that which is not you but also you. The great mystery wrapped in the paradox of subjectivity. Tat Tsvam Asi.

I shall have to ponder the connection you make between Joyce and Picasso but it seems a relevant and informed one. Wonderful observation.

Connecting the child at play sentiment to Newton is also quite illuminating. It reminds me of the following quote:

“The Aeon is a child at play with colored balls.”

(translation/paraphrase: Terence McKenna)

― Heraclitus, Fragments

Your kids and grandkids are fortunate to have you as such a generative and compassionate elder.