(1) Plato’s parable of the cave. Chapter 7, Republic. The primary source of Western metaphysics.
(2) “The men with whom we live resemble a field of ruins of the most precious sculptural designs where everything shouts at us: come, help, perfect, ... we yearn immeasurably to become whole.” Nietzsche
(3) Taken in total, the Human Universe.
(4) “The more the universe seems comprehensible, the more it seems pointless.” Steven Weinberg, Dreams of a Final Theory
(5) “We possess art, lest we perish of the truth.” Nietzsche, The Will to Power
(6) “Under the light of eternity ...the daily trivia, the daily frustrations, fall away. It’s all a matter of getting to the center of the beam.” May Sarton, Journal of Solitude
(7) “For, to mince matters no longer, man only plays when he is in the fullest sense of the word a human being, and he is only fully a human being when he plays.” Schiller, 15thLetter
Through the mouth a sunshine beam
Within a cave of stone (1)
Passes by the actual truth—
You face the wall alone.
Walk within the light so fierce
It scratched the hard design.
Stumble past a broken dream
And ruins, some sublime. (2)
Simple facts and subtle thoughts
Create reality. (3)
‘Cause shadows cast against the wall
Are nothing, actually. (1)
Meaning only means to Man
Nature seems unimpressed. (4)
Much exists, the universe
In truth? it’s meaningless. (5)
So sing along artistic soul
And build upon the beam. (6)
A dream make real, your world alone
To play, eternally. (7)
Humble Executive. Literary Artist. Altruistic Libertarian.