"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Universe is Bigger Than We Imagine

The momentary, trivial disputes of politics seem very, very small when you look at photographs from the Hubble telescope of deep space.   Here's one of the Southern Pinwheel Galaxy (M83) in the constellation Hydra:

Maybe the abstract expressionists were onto something.   Reality is strange and beautiful, stranger and more beautiful than we can imagine.

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