Different scales

‘there is a sweet spot, between the known and the unknown where originality happens; the key is to be able to linger without panicking’*

Theoretical physicist Alan Lightman writes about how we know we are progressing as a species:

‘One measure of the progress of human civilisation is the increasing scale of our maps.’**

I would add, another way of knowing is the decreasing scale of our personal maps to show up the incredible detail there is in each and every life, indicating talents, passions, experiences, and relationships. showing how everything relates to everything to make us uniquely who we are.

Somewhere between the increasing scale and decreasing scale maps of our lives something wonderful takes shape.

“When a great moment knocks on the door of your life,
it is often no louder than the beating of your heart,
and it is very easy to miss it.”^

(*From Ed Catmull’s Creativity, Inc..)
(**From Alan Lightman’s The Accidental Universe.)
(^Boris Pasternak, quoted in the Northumbria Community‘s Morning Prayer.)


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