You are not an encapsulated bag of skin dragging around a dreary little ego. You are an evolutionary wonder, a trillion cells singing together in a vast chorale, an organism – environment, a symbiosis of cell and soul.
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.
Quote in context:
“I CELEBRATE myself, and sing myself,
And what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.”
— Walt Whitman, “Song of Myself,” Leaves of Grass (1891)
Did you know that the phrase “and sing myself” didn’t appear in the 1855 version?
I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process – an integral function of the universe.
Quote in context:
“I live on Earth at present, and I don’t know what I am. I know that I am not a category. I am not a thing — a noun. I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process – an integral function of the universe.”
Buckminster Fuller, I Seem to Be a Verb (1970)
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