Posted by: Calmseas (Mike) | October 27, 2009

Outside The Box

We often hear the phrase “think outside the box.”  Yet, most of us tend to “think” in that space outside the box where everyone else seems to be doing their thinking.  We “think” we are thinking outside the box, but our thinking is barely beyond the bounds of the box, in an area where it will be rattled if the flaps of the box are opened even slightly.  So much of our outside-the-box thinking is mundane and not creative at all; we don’t have to look far to see that hordes of other people are thinking through the same things in the same way.

Yet there are great thinkers and great creative artists from history who have thought outside the box, way beyond the bounds of the box, even well beyond any degree of influence that the box might hold.  They have broken free of the gravitational attraction of the box in much the same way as sojourners to the moon must break free of earth’s gravity if they are ever to make their destination.  Such thinkers and artists are transcendent in their respective fields.  They can’t even see the box anymore.  They have thought in realms where no one else has ever traveled with their minds; and in so doing, they have opened up new galaxies for the rest of us to explore.  Dante was one such person, as was DeVinci, Beethoven, Einstein—and the list goes on.

I firmly believe that there are realms of time and space, and planes and spheres and dimensions of reality, that the finite mind can never fathom—places where neither mind nor body will ever travel.  Yet, great thinkers and great artists get us closer, and their works carry us along.  Dante’s “Divine Comedy” is such a work with the power to transport us far beyond the box.  DeVinci’s “Last Supper” is another such work.  Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony is certainly in a realm all its own; it exists in a space far beyond the box on the pathway to infinity, as does Einstein’s theories of “general” and “special” relativity.

The human mind is capable of understanding so much, and—then again—so little.

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