Friday, May 27, 2011

And then there is humankind seeking to grasp the meaning of things

7. When Newton sat in his garden, and saw what no one had seen before: that an apple draws the earth to itself, and the earth the apple.
8. Through a mutual force of nature that holds all things, from the planets to the stars, in unifying embrace.
9. So all things are gathered into one thing: the universe of nature, in which there are many worlds: the orbs of light in an immensity of space and time,
10. And among them their satellites, on one of which is a part of nature that mirrors nature in itself.
11. And can ponder its beauty and significance, and seek to understand it: this is humankind.
12. All other things, in their cycles and rhythms, exist in and of themselves:
13. But in humankind there is experience also, which is what makes good and its opposite.
14. In both of which humankind seeks to grasp the meaning of things."

The Good Book: A Humanist Bible, A.C. Grayling, Genesis, Chapter 1

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