“We see in order to move; we move in order to see.” ― William Gibson
Eppur Si Muove
This simple utterance by Galileo can mean many things; Albeit, it does move, or, And, yet it moves. For me it holds great significance and is a phrase which I believe many more should interpret. In a sphere of constant motion and movement, we are all included. No, this is not the sphere that we call Earth, it is the sphere of life, of constant change.
Often I find myself at a random intersection simply watching cars passing along, turning, stopping and going. I’m not just watching the cars, I’m watching the people in them. They all seem occupied, mostly on their phones, jamming out to music, or talking to a passenger. I allow myself to pause and observe. It’s a quiet space to be in. I’m watching constant motion, constant change. I’m watching the motion of life.
Life does not stop moving. But, so many people are unmoved in their lives. So many are living without knowledge of the motion they’re all a critical part of.
This life gives us our greatest moments at the most innocent of times. We have bursts of inspiration from feeling the wind blow, thoughts of greatness by hearing the right words from the right person at the right moment. We can be struck with the perfect plan instantly, anywhere, and make life decisions while sitting at a traffic light, We walk about our daily lives in motion, moving, thinking, planning, hoping, feeling and breathing. Often our lives give the illusion of being still, static or mundane. But this is the illusion of the beholder. We must remember. As we move, it also moves.
Sometimes, it seems that we, individually, are the only thing that matters. This is poor philosophy. We could be the kings of all the world, gaining all the riches we could fathom. But this, in the end, matters little. And yet, it moves. We must travel outside of ourselves. We must leave behind the shell of illusion that gives us this idea that we are the centers of our own universe, that things revolve around us, that motion is dictated by our choices.
We are meant to receive from the bounty of the universe, not to create the source from which its waters flow. It is we who must ask the universe, and thank the universe; thank God for our small space among this constant motion.
Out of our greatest trials, during our greatest peril, we humans forge our strongest bonds with each other and with ourselves. We become capable to change our situation, to change our life and to change the world. Should we learn to do this in the midst of pure joy, greatness and love, instead of in the face of opposition, we could possibly learn the secret to this one simple truth.
Be aware that your individual motion is dependent and entangled upon all motion. For when you are gone, the beat will go on. Be thankful for your voice, because one day it will fall silent…
No matter where you stand, how great you make yourself, how you choose to live or where you find yourself, remember….
And yet, it moves.
4 thoughts on “Eppur Si Muove”
Your musing brings to mind Walt Whitman: “Urge and urge and urge / Always the procreant urge of the world …Always a knit of identity, always distinction, always a breed of life … Stout as a horse, affectionate, haughty, electrical / I and this mystery here we stand.”
Ahh Whitman.. Hard to read but easy to understand. One of my favorites though.
Lovely post, thank you for sharing 🙂