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Reduced to (or: You are Connected)

November 11, 2009

Another one of my bathroom epiphanies.

All that you see, arbitrary statements, science, holy words, deepest math, most profound statements – boil down a life.

A life, reduced to a line.

One man, four hundred years ago, forty or fifty years of breath summarized in, “To be, or not to be”. Another – “I think, therefore I am”. More than two thousand years: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” One hundred and four years ago: “e = MC2”.

How does one sentence illustrate a human life – born, breathing, living, growing, loving, frakking, aging, dying? Apparently just like that.

“As for me, all I know is that I know nothing.”

On to the bracketed section of the post title.

There is nothing that you touch now that has not connected to a life. Even the tiniest grain of sand is linked inexorably to a life. Imagine a speck of a flake of a shell, on the bottom of the ocean floor, touched by bacteria, touched by the water that connects an infinite reservoir of life. The Earth. The galaxy. Everything connects. There is always a line.

So you are not alone.


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