Saturday, June 23, 2007

All the universe in a grain of sand.

Many people believe quotes to be fluff; void wit; a stroking of intellectual ego. Others view quotes as distillations of a singular thought or concept; specific, to the point, no nonsense statements.

It is written that the famous physicist, Richard Feynman would spend hours crafting witty, memorable quotes for his students and colleagues. He would distill complex concepts into small, shot-sized memorable quips; and was surprisingly good at it.

A drama is not required when something can be succinctly stated in ten words or less.

I am utilitarian. I like things to make simple sense. I like things that simply work and are not fancy or extravagant. Maybe this is why I dislike drama. Drama is fancy and extravagant and makes no sense. Drama is not utilitarian.

As long as my vehicle gets me from point A to point B with a minimum of problems, an AMC Rambler would do just fine. Any $5 watch will suite me just fine. Why pay thousands of dollars for a Rolex? That $5 watch performs the same basic function. The new iPhone certainly is cool. You can do so much with it. You can send and receive e-mails, chat with people using any number of programs and even, yes, use it as a phone. It is sad that so much of society focuses on the medium and method rather than the message.

That simple grain of sand is the perfect symbol of a simple, practical, sustainable life. Its message and medium is simple but poignant; specific; deep; metaphorical. Look at it. Since the dawn of time it has existed in one way or another. It has withstood untold millenia of punishment. It has been transformed through all it has experienced to a simple existence; useful; singular; simple; functional; independent; eternal.

Oh, to be a grain of sand.

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