I Am a Strange Loop, by Douglas Hofstadter (2007)
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Glasses of Nerdicon, from Adventure Time episode “The Real You”
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You are the big bang, the original force of the universe, coming on as whoever you are.
“It’s like you took a bottle of ink and you threw it at a wall. Smash! And all that ink spread. And in the middle, it’s dense, isn’t it? And as it gets out on the edge, the little droplets get finer and finer and make more complicated patterns, see?
[…] If you think that you are only inside your skin, you define yourself as one very complicated little curlique, way out on the edge of that explosion. Way out in space, and way out in time.
Billions of years ago, you were a big bang, but now you’re a complicated human being. And then we cut ourselves off, and don’t feel that we’re still the big bang. But you are. […] You are still the process.
You are the big bang, the original force of the universe, coming on as whoever you are.”
– Alan Watts, The Nature of Consciousness
“All too willingly man sees himself as the centre of the universe, as something not belonging to the rest of nature but standing apart as a different and higher being. Many people cling to this error and remain deaf to the wisest command ever given by a sage, the famous “Know thyself” inscribed in the temple of Delphi.”
You can read the chapter “On the Virtue of Scientific Humility” here
More on “Know thyself”: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Know_thyself
Through our eyes, the universe is perceiving itself. Through our ears, the universe is listening to its harmonies. We are the witnesses through which the universe becomes conscious of its glory, of its magnificence.