Thanks to all those who visited the Existential site to read Marc Latham’s Ant Theory of Human Existence article, and helped to make it one of the most read articles on the site. And especially to Claire Knight for writing her poem interpreting the theory.
The article will be on the main page of the Existential site for another week, and it has been joined by three great articles since it appeared.
Thanks also to the Poetic Voice website for visiting and inviting me to join.
Sorry if this seems a bit pretentious, and getting carried away with it all, but this is what I’m trying to do for a living, and this is where this morning’s thoughts led me, with no plans to post here today at the start of my computer time. You may say get a real job, but I’ve already got one, and it takes up the majority of my time. So if you want more thoughts like this please buy my book if you have some spare cash, and are going to waste it somewhere else, and I may be able to escape into creativity more often. Cheers.
It all started when I recollected seeing the above advert for the new Going the Distance film, which uses a bridge in the advert and has the tagline: a movie about meeting half-way.
Very FMish I thought, and that led to the following thoughts and ended with another FM idea I’ve had and have been thinking how to use: Einstein’s space-time theory, with a model image after the poem.
A Member of the Human Race Between Time and Place
I have physically travelled to the corners of the world
and would have liked to have experienced farther.
some memories retained, some thoughts shared
I have mentally imagined to the edges of the universe
and would have liked to have known further.
Here is another clever and eloquent FM poem by Claire Knight. Claire kindly interpreted my recent article trying to rationalise humanity and Earth’s place in the universe and beyond within this poem, and big thanks to her for taking the time to read my article, analyse it, and then create this wonderful poem from it. fANTastic!
Ant Theory – according to Marc Latham
enigmas spiral forever:
tiny ants traverse pathways over the ground
oblivious of earthbound humans
no need to know, need to hurry
focused in their thoughts and deeds:
at these diligent creatures
we two-leggeds watch, ponder and wonder
truths entwine eternity
perhaps aliens watch, ponder and wonder
at we intelligent creatures,
focused in our thoughts and deeds
no need to hurry, need to know:
curious of earthbound humans
space beings traverse pathways across the void
enigmas smile forever!