"In the past, people would stare into the fire for hours when they wanted to think. Or stare at the sea. The endless dancing shapes and patterns would reach far deeper into our minds than we could manage by reason and logic. You see, logic can only proceed from the premises and assumptions we already make, so we just drive round and round in little circles like little clockwork cars. We need dancing shapes to lift us and carry us..." "Logic comes afterwards. It's how we retrace our steps. It's being wise after the event. Before the event you have to be very silly."
-- Douglas Adams
First published May 2014 in my free monthly email newsletter, Starry Night. Sign up here.