Friday, October 19, 2012
Such an odd perspective, to see humanity as this vast roiling ocean of information exchange, its currents and littorals and deepest trenches rushing with phonemes, engrams and colorful, animated fragments, at once choate and protean. Emotions run a scale not unlike a thermometer: warm lust in the Bahamas, shiveringly cool triumph in San Francisco Bay. Ideas calved off the Antarctic might disagree with those born of the temperate freshwater/seawater mix burbling where river finally ends its run. Of course, the metaphor breaks down as all metaphors ought to: what are coral reefs in this paradigm? Or those saltwater deserts teeming with discarded plastic bags and petrochemicals? What significance the orca? What is learned by the krill drifting in invisible clouds out of a sunken ship's porthole?