“We are so prejudiced when it comes to scale.”

‘We spend too much time looking at the fucking stars… That urge to look to the transcendent. This idea that life is suddenly magical and incredible because of astronomy, the story of where the matter has travelled. Honestly, give me grandeur, give me my feet. Look at your feet, Inspector, at what you stand on. No, really. Forgive me, I’m being serious. I am. Yes, yes, you can laugh. We are generally, I think, so prejudiced when it comes to scale. There is enough in a simple glimpse of the ground. More than enough. The earth surface is an infinite mesh of bio-trails. You work on it, too, at a slightly different scale – of course you do, you inspect it. The mesh of lines is constantly renewing, but so are we. If it were up to me I would spend my whole life digging up the lost civilization of a single vanished person. There would be no end to the project, Inspector. No end to what may be discovered.’

Infinite Ground, p. 112

 

I am done.

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3 thoughts on ““We are so prejudiced when it comes to scale.”

  1. PhilRM says:

    Not with reading SFF, I hope!

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  2. guest says:

    There are things that were known to individuals in the past which could have taken us to the stars. So when people say that ‘truth is stranger than fiction’, this is perhaps no more accurate than it is with respect to the covert repression of people who are (and were) entirely unknown because they knew too much.

    “Since I entered politics, I have chiefly had men’s views confided to me privately. Some of the biggest men in the United States in the fields of commerce and manufacturing are afraid of somebody. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it.” — Woodrow Wilson

    “The individual is handicapped by coming face to face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists.” — J. Edgar Hoover, FBI Director

    “There is nothing new in the world except the history you do not know. “—Harry S. Truman

    There are great ideas undiscovered… breakthroughs available to those who can remove one of the truth’s protective layers. There are many places to go beyond belief.—Neil Armstrong

    “Some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age.” —H.P. Lovecraft

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