Tuesday, July 5, 2016

The Nautilus

The nautilus builds chambers, each a little bigger for that season of its life, growing in a logarithmic spiral that follows the golden ratio. It can never go backwards, never live in a former chamber. It doesn't fit in the old, only the new. It's the perfect image of spiritual evolution.
It speaks to me personally. And this colourful find today walking home from teaching in León was especially poignant.
"Build thee more stately mansions, O my soul... Let each new temple, nobler than the last, Shut thee from heaven with a dome more vast, Til thou at length art free, Leaving thine outgrown shell by life's unresting sea."
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

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