|the Flammarian woodcut, 1888|
"What, then, is this blue (sky), which certainly does exist, and which veils from us the stars during the day?"
from L'Atmosphere: Meteorologie Populaire by Camille Flammarian
Goatman left me this comment over at red dirt girl:
"I like the idea of normalcy being supported and encouraged by an underlying reality. A metaphor for obvious life being backed up by the reality of feeling, fear, emotion, and the need to defend our beliefs."And I thought it was a wonderful companion to this quote by Annie Dillard:
"In the deeps are the violence and terror of which psychology has warned us. But if you ride these monsters deeper down, if you drop with them farther over the world's rim, you find what our sciences cannot locate or name, the substrate, the ocean or matrix or ether which buoys the rest, which gives goodness its power for good, and evil its power for evil, the unified field: our complex and inexplicable caring for each other, and for our life together here. This is given. It is not learned."via: whiskey river