IIRC, there is a concept in Hinduism called the "Brahma Year". I first
read about it in th book "Cosmos" (dunno whether the book came before the
series, or visa-versa). Anyway, IIRC, (1) when the Brahma Year ends, teh
Brahma awakens from his dream (which is the Universe), and then, when he
goes to sleep again, a new dream/Universe begins; (2) there is supposedly
some sort of correlation between the ancient concept of Brahma Year, and
the age of the universe, but I can't remember what it is.
I don't know where my copy of "Cosmos" is, so I can't look it up, but it
might be "googleable".
Your comment remained me of a short story I just read by Isaac Asimov. It
is an awe inspiring piece of work. I loved it. I seem to like short
stories better than the usual stuff, don't know why. Maybe getting your
point across and making a statement in the confines of a short story are
more impressive to me and stick longer with me, or maybe I'm just to dumb
for the long ones :).
I hadn't read that before; thanks for th elink.
SHort stories - well, one of the best things about a well-written short
storyis that ti has to say a lot in a short space. In a way, it's like
good poetry in that regard - allusion, imagry, symbolism, and all of that
good stuff ;) can, in the right (or write, ha ha ;) ) hands say a *heck*
of a lot in only a few lines.
Novels, OTOH, can go on and on and on (yeah, sort of how I can talk
<LOL!>), can ramble and circumlocute and so on and etc. and so forth and
yadda yadda yadda blah blah blah......zzzzz......
THe common statement would prob be something about "short attention
span", but actually, brevity/conciseness can be quite elegant, in the
sense that a scientific experiment or math formula can be elegant - a
great deal of menaing in a small but exquisite package :)
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