From Mother Goose:Little drops of water, tiny grains of sand, make the mighty ocean and the pleasant land.
I’m always astonished at the sheer scale of everything – that there are so many individual bits of gravel, grains of sand – and more astonishing still the immense particularity of so many chemical and biological processes that depend on the innumerable properties of things. Is reality so fine grained, or is it our perception? Of course our perception is crude, because we can invent instruments that reveal a finer grained reality yet. It’s too much for me to realize that my life is supported by so many details. I’ll bet this doesn’t even make sense to most readers. What is just is after all, so why make a fuss about it? In any case, the mind is equally complex in particulars – or is it? Why is so much of humanity so much the same? I guess that’s inevitable. But the ever growing complexity of our social networks makes any perception of the enormity of the real that much more difficult.