INFINITY?

The weekly photo challenge on WordPress is INFINITE. I’ve risen to the challenge on A View from the Woods in what I consider a conventional response. True, there are patterns which seemingly repeat forever, and they’re often photogenic. But when it comes to considering the true nature of what is infinite, ah, that takes more considering!

And it occurred to me that here is one source of something that is truly infinite:

Relic of a Past Age?

The creativity of the human mind, at least so far, seems to be infinite. From such machines of the last century (we all used them, didn’t we?) have flowed great literature (as well as nonsense) without any end.

Typewriters

And from the 26 little letters of the English language have flowed infinite combinations of words and sentences and thoughts and ideas ranging from Shakespeare’s plays to Melville’s Moby Dick to Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye to my books, your poems, his instruction manual, her sermons —  and every possible variation under the sun. Including our blogs!

From Little Letters Flow the World ---

And the same source flows freely in every language in which people indite their thoughts and dreams and hopes and fears. Infinity, indeed!

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33 Responses to INFINITY?

  1. tms says:

    As so often, you are putting it all in perspective for us. This response is brilliant, Judith (as is, to my opinion, this week’s thought provoking challenge itself): Beautiful pictures combine with a great idea here … yes, all those things you can combine ad infinitum, with language as one of the most elegant, most subtle, most sublime ‘construction kits’ of them all…

  2. Patti Kuche says:

    I can never look at a photo of a typewriter without hearing the wonderful sounds they make. What a lovely thought regarding the infinity of hopes and dreams!

  3. Marvelous …………..infinity indeed………..just marvelous!!

    • Touch2Touch says:

      Among those marvelous results of typing fingers combining letters were — the Tin Man and his friends!
      L.Frank Baum was a genius. The Hub and his class, in grade school, if they were very very good, got to have the teacher read them a story of Oz!

  4. Indite. A new word for me. Thanks.
    Smith Corona! Not so new for me. Ah, yes. I remember it well.
    Infinite indeed.

  5. Pauline says:

    You’ve demonstrated your point wonderfully well with this blog. Your creativity is endless! (And inspirational :)

    • Touch2Touch says:

      You’re one of MY inspirations, Pauline!
      Your way with the magical 26 never ceases to astound me.

      • Pauline says:

        Now there’s a post – the magical 26. Or maybe even a children’s story. Inspiration, apparently, is a two way street with us!

        • Touch2Touch says:

          Pauline! Inspiration indeed —-
          You NEED to do that children’s story about The Magical 26. I can’t wait to read it!
          I can almost see illustrations — maybe collaged? Cut outs? Two color line drawings? I dunno, you’re the creative one here.
          A winter project!

  6. Jen Payne says:

    So very true. Walk into a bookstore (remember those?) and look around – THERE is infinity. That great and endless expansion of our minds and spirits put down for all of us to share. Indeed, like these blogs!

  7. purringly says:

    Loved this post, Judith! :) Lived and worked with the typewriter for many years, and corrected typos with razor blades. And yes, it’s mind boggling how many words can be made up of those twenty six little letters … in Swedish, we at least have three extra ones [å, ä and ö].

    I have yet to respond to the actual photo challenge. I have an idea, and I will see first how many have thought of the same thing :)

    • Touch2Touch says:

      Razor blades? Ouf! And I thought white-out was bad!
      It would be fun to have three extra letters — I wonder if it triggers new thoughts?

      • purringly says:

        I doubt it. Many seem to want to get rid of them … they take into consideration when naming their children, so that the name won’t contain any of those three. Big corporations have changed names .. like Skånska became Skanska, and Götabanken … Gotabank .. all to fit in in the English-speaking world…

  8. 2e0mca says:

    A very good take on Infinite Judith. There are so many ways to tell new tales and rehash old ones – though I’m not sure that Shakespeare used a Smith Corona ;-) Within the wordpress community there must be an infinity of ideas being expressed :-)

  9. 2e0mca says:

    Ahh – you’ve seen ‘Shakespeare in love’ then ;-)

  10. What a beautiful play on this word! Love it. :-)

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