Introversion (North I)

When I explain 4-dimensional geometry to the layperson, I usually begin with forward, sideways, upward, and, then, inward as the fourth direction needed. It helps a little.

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Earlier this month I went a few hours north to explore places I haven’t visited before, which is may way to begin an introspection.

One of the stops was the Portland Arch Nature Preserve, which features one of the rare arches of this state.

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To move inward, we begin with the broadest perspective, and then slowly refocus on the essential. Aren’t these rocks something?

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What was familiar begins to appear strange.

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The clearly structured 3-dimensional world begins to dissolve into abstract patterns of color and light.

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Are we getting closer to the core of things when we give up our grounding in a rationalized universe?

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And do we merely turn upside down when we walk under the arch, or do we also turn inside out?

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To paraphrase Heinrich von Kleist: Crossing under the arch a second time has helped to fall back into the state of rationality.

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