Filaments of Order

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Waiting for order to be discovered.

I opened up a new-to-me book on Ralph Waldo Emerson for the first time this afternoon and immediately came across a gem that inspired the most wonderful image in my mind:

Thinking, for Emerson, was not the contemplation of final Truth, but the daily encounter of an active mind with its environment; it was not a special activity but life itself.  His lifelong enterprise was what has been the main enterprise of the American imagination: to launch filaments of order, like Whitman’s spider, over the unknown until they catch somewhere on experience.

– from the foreword to Selections from Ralph Waldo Emerson, edited by Stephen E. Whicher

I wish I were a visual artist.

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