Monday, October 31, 2005

Boo! Who?

A Halloween treat for you from my sister Anne. I'm not quite sure what the 13th-century mystic Meister Eckhart meant by this aphroism (I haven't been able to track down the source), but he was onto something that resonates today. For all we know, the universe may be infinite, containing an infinity of galaxies. But it is apparently only 14 billion years old, and only those galaxies are visible to us from which light has had time to reach us. Which means, perhaps, that the greater part of existence is forever beyond our direct perception.

In the face of such a universe we might reasonably conclude with Eckhart that "the most beautiful thing a person can say about God is silence."