I recently created this little drawing inspired by word from Illustration Friday: ‘Karma’. I festered for a week thinking about the image and the idea. The lights were on but no one was home in terms of ideas – good karma, bad karma, circles, endless beginnings, beginning endlessness.
After this week’s events I’m less convinced about being paid back, rewarded or punished by the universe. I suspect it doesn’t give a toss about dust.
The image finally arrived today in the middle of a fairly dull meeting – see – meetings are not all useless. If you can come up with a drawing or two that’s all good. The reason why I gave so much though about what the image should be is I’m not sure about past lives or future lives. It does make sense (in case there is a future life) to make the best use of your time in this life. Think of it as being insurance.
What I do think is, no matter how networked we become, we’re still a single entity trying to make our way through the chaos and the wonderful void – and it makes meeting up with a kindred soul all the more precious and joyful.
C’mon over, bring your island a little closer…let’s start a continent.
[update: September 4, 2005] For Father’s Day, Zofia gave me a copy of Richard Hall’s excellent book, ‘How to gaze at the southern stars‘ – Awa Press 2005. Richard is the man who put the zeal in zealot, and ran the astronomy course I completed at Carter Observatory. Highly recommended, by the way.
The book cotains a quote from Thomas Huxley (1887), a contemporary of my hero, Mrs Darwin’s little boy, Charles. This is what Huxley had to say:
The known is finite, the unknown is infinite; intellectually we stand on an islet in the midst of an illimitable ocean of inexplicability. Our business in every generation is to reclaim a little more land.