the world in your hand

“To see the world in grain of sand and a heaven in a wild flower; hold infinity in the palm of your hands, eternity in an hour”

–William Blake; Auguries of Innocence

 

William Blake (1757-1827), English artist, mystic and poet wrote Songs of Innocence (1789): a poetry collection written from the child’s point of view, of innocent wonderment and spontaneity in natural settings which includes “Little Boy Lost”, “Little Boy Found” and “The Lamb”.

I’m not a follower of him but i was just amazed in this piece of him. My computer programming professor related his work on the advancement of today’s technology; specifically computers. This is the interesting part.

 

 

To see the world in a grain of sand. Sand and almost all rocks contain silicon. Silicon is the basic material used to make computer chips, transistors, silicon diodes and other electronic circuits and switching devices because its atomic structure makes the element an ideal semiconductor. (webopedia.com) A simple, seemingly worthless sound transformed and was enthroned in a place of significance. Silicon empowers our computer to run efficiently. With just a click on our computer, we had an access to the world. We can go to other places without leaving our seat. We can do a thousand things in minutes. A tideous manual accounting can be done in minutes. Tons of informations can be stored in a single chip. Enabling us to hold the world in our palms. It’s seeing the world in a window powered by a grain of sand. Sand could also be the glass we’re looking through when we are ridng a plane. Amazing, right?

 

I still can’t get the connection between heaven and a wild flower. I haven’t really done an in depth research on it. But perhaps, it could be an advancement in the field of medicine which alleviates suffering. or an addictive substance extracted from a wild flower. Take opium poppy for an instance.

Opium, morphine, codeine, and heroin are all derived from the milky fluid found in its unripe seed capsule. Opium alkaloids of one type (e.g., morphine, codeine) act on the nervous system, mimicking the effects of endorphins; they are analgesic, narcotic, and potentially addicting. Those of a second type, including papaverine and noscapine, relieve smooth muscle spasms and are not analgesic, narcotic, or addicting. Habitual opium use produces physical and mental deterioration and shortens life. Overdose can cause death by depressing respiration. (answers.com)

 

 

 

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