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Monday, June 11, 2012

The Implication of Things

William Blake - Auguries of Innocence

To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.

What actually does the world suggest? What we infer (thus, what we see as an implication) tells a great deal about us. Once as a paranoid schizophrenic, I perceived the world as threatening and preoccupied with me. While I was certain I saw the world truly, actually I was projecting my own deranged hopes and fears upon the world. In short, what the world implied to me was totally dependent upon my state of mind. Obviously some minds are more attuned to reality than others. The opening lines of William Blake's “Auguries of Innocence” combine our current inferences about nature with a religious reflexive awe. As one atom can tell us much about our universe, and as one cell can tell us much about life; so too can one present moment encompass the absolute. We extrapolate not only the facts, but extensively place them within a matrix of persistent and resonant meaning. This arises not so much by willful and deliberate design as by inherent haunting music firing autonomously throughout the frontal lobes.  

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