|Posted by Charles Fischer on September 9, 2010 at 8:42 AM|
Imagine viewing Earth from outer space and wondering, truly wondering, what life was all about from that perspective. Imagine, if you will, becoming objective enough to get out of the frenzy of daily life to see Earth as a visitor from another place and time. Imagine...
Well, this is what Guy Murchie has done. This amazing, poetic tome took him 17 years to write, amounting to about an average of a sentence a day! This tome is set up in three parts. The first two sections scientifically and philosophically explore the globe, "unearthing" topics from respiration without lungs, the elasticity of time, carnivorous plants, arctic insects, and much, much more.
After this wild circumnavigation, the third section synthesizes all of the planet's vast variety into seven mysteries. They are: The Abstract Nature of the Universe, The Interrelatedness of All Creatures, The Omnipresence of Life, The Polarity Principle, Transcendence, The Germination of Worlds, and Divinity.
If you haven't read it, stop what you're reading now and check it out here. It is the kind of book you will want to own, the kind to keep for the next time you're stranded on a deserted island.
Learn more about the Seven Mysteries of Life by attending one of my hikes
(see under Calendar).
Here's an excerpt from the first mystery, abstraction:
A thought that comes to me as I arc above our world, watching it pensively out of my mind’s eye, is that, although Earth appears stationary, she is actually moving in many ways — swiftly, subtly, abstractly. Not only is her blue-flecked surface spinning around its axis at a quarter-mile per second but, as a whole, she is orbiting around the sun at 18 ½ miles a second and the sun’s entire system of planets is drifting through curved space toward the star Vega at 12 miles a second, while virtually all the stars we can see (including Vega and the sun) are swinging at 150 miles a second around the Milky Way. And even the Milky Way, a wheel of stars an unimaginable 100,000 lightyears in diameter, is speeding away from other galaxies at thousands of miles a second, depending on which one you compare it to, in what has been aptly described as the exploding universe.