Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The truth about the world

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"The truth about the world, he said, is that anything is possible. Had you not seen it all from birth and thereby bled it of its strangeness it would appear to you for what it is, a hat trick in a medicine show, a fevered dream, a trance bepopulate with chimeras having neither analogue nor precedent, an itinerant carnival, a migratory tentshow whose ultimate destination after many a pitch in many a muddied field is unspeakable and calamitous beyond reckoning.

The universe is no narrow thing and the order within it is not constrained by any latitude in its conception to repeat what exists in one part in any other part. Even in this world more things exist without our knowledge than with it and the order in creation which you see is that which you have put there, like a string in a maze, so that you shall not lose your way. For existence has its own order and that no man's mind can compass, that mind itself being but a fact among others."
Cormac McCarthy



Lydia said...

This is wondrous and gave me goosebumps. And what a find of an artphoto...wow!

Even in this world more things exist without our knowledge than with it...
I love this. It gives me hope, and allows for dreaming about undiscovered horizons...even if they might be in the bellybutton of some eel we've never seen!

Bee said...

It reminds me of Hamlet's famous words: There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

Where do these words come from? I read The Road last spring and it is still haunting me.