TITLE: Brief Flashes of Understanding, Fully Awake AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford DATE: December 10, 2012 2:54 PM DESC: ----- BODY: The programmers and teachers among you surely know this feeling well:
As I drift back to sleep, I can't help thinking that it's a wonderful thing to be right about the world. To weigh the evidence, always incomplete, and correctly intuit the whole, to see the world in a grain of sand, to recognize its beauty, its simplicity, its truth. It's as close as we get to God in this life, and we reside in the glow of such brief flashes of understanding, fully awake, sometimes, for two or three seconds, at peace with our existence. And then we go back to sleep.
Or tackle the next requirement. (The passage is from Richard Russo's Straight Man, an enjoyable send-up of modern man in an academic life.) -----