Monday, December 13, 2010
Lord of the Leaves
We accept that laws dictate and arrange the world around us. Storms, movement of atoms, or just a fresh breeze, all seen as being governed by something; be it laws of nature or constants in the universe. But because we are conscious and the leaves of a tree are not, we automatically reject the idea that something governs us. Leaves do not "choose" their destination due to wind and weather. The shape and weight of the leaf may play a part in the direction and movement, but ultimately it is the wind that governs. What if we are governed in a similar way? An unseen but active hand guiding all we do? And what if the laws and constants we sense in the natural world are merely fingertips, gripping and maintaining all that we see?