Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinite

In my daily life, I dream of the infinite, but I live in a finite world.

I measure my world, my day, by cups of coffee and tea.  Dollars earned and dollars spent. Time squandered and time used well.

Forever Dunkin

Forever Dunkin

“For I have known them all already, known them all;
Have known the evenings, mornings, afternoons,
I have measured out my life with coffee spoons–” From “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by T.S. Eliot

In contrast, infinity is unlimited, uncountable.  It’s the provenance of mathematicians–who represent it with the lemniscate symbol (which looks like a figure 8)–with no beginning or end.

Art Prize 2013 entry.  The Grand Rapids Art Museum.

Art Prize 2013 entry. The Grand Rapids Art Museum.

Philosophers, preachers, and poets wrestle with it too.  It’s expansive, hard-to-define and mysterious.  And yet, perhaps William Blake is right–that we are happiest if we can envision a smidgin of the infinite in our everyday world.

To see the world in a grain of sand, and to see heaven in a wild flower, hold infinity in the palm of your hands, and eternity in an hour.–William Blake

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Michelangelo’s “David.” L’Accademia. Florence, Italy

Growing near Trump Towers, Chicago

Growing near Trump Towers, Chicago

Dancing at Rosa Parks Circle, Grand Rapids

Dancing at Rosa Parks Circle, Grand Rapids

Motion Blur

Motion Blur. Grand Central Station, New York

For great interpretations of this week’s theme, click on the links below and enjoy!

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  1. Thanks so much, Gaurab! I appreciate that you stopped by and took the time to comment! I hadn’t thought of it that way–but you’re right about combining arts and science! Thanks for the insight!

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