SpiderLogic Defies Gravity...
And yet it acknowledges its existence. In fact, it down-right counts on it.
You recall Arabella and Anita? Of course! They were our first two spider-nauts (at least that we are aware of) that went up into space on the Shuttle in July of 1973. Sadly, after seeming to want to 'swim' in their weightless-ness and make webs of sub-standard silk, they 'slipped the surly bonds of Earth' and passed directly to spider-vana. Sorry ladies... but what a ride!
(Note to PETA: they were well fed and watered)
When we launch a ball into the air, we have the faith in gravity that our ball will come back to it's intended landing spot and not just keep traveling upward to forever. We rely on gravity too.
And we must learn to defy it.
The physics of gravity are quite simple to grasp. The stuff about attraction and massive bodies... Sir Newton and the apple. Force and mass and acceleration... Cool.
The psychology of gravity and it's oft-accompanied illusions is another matter.
It can stifle, at least and crush at worst. It shortens the figurative stature of humans preventing them from reaching their true potential. Weighty stuff.
The gravity of life and how it is handled has heavy consequences all the way to our hearts.
So we come back to the lessons of our earth-bound web-weavers. And in the spirit of Arabella and Anita, we take Ms. Charlotte for example. You DO remember Charlotte? And her lesson about the virtue of staying 'close to the ground'? Her teaching moment on the topic of humility employing her web art: HUMBLE was intended to be taken figuratively, not literally.
Oh the paradox... Humility and Space travel.
She explained that Webster defined the word humble to include 'staying close to the ground'. But wait. Staying closed to the ground requires the gravity part right? Well, sort of.
Water uses gravity to power it's flow back to it's ultimate source and destination; the 'Sea'. Dam it or divert it but it will ultimately 'defy' the attempt.
Here - on tracks of silver gossamer; 'floating' effortlessly in the afternoon breeze... seemingly defying the Newton thing, the intuited take-aways from ancient sky-writing:
- Do not allow the physics to squelch your passion, vision and personal growth
- Acknowledge the illusory aspects of life and do not necessarily accept them all as your reality and
- Fly high as forever... yet remain close to the ground... NOW
And from the iconic road of Jack Kerouac:
"Be in love with your life. You're a Genius all the time"
For Love is the ultimate Genius that defies all earthly bonds. I recall it elevated a humble man from Galilee to his home.
Postscript to Ms. Charlotte:
Good call passing on the space shot. Rumor has it the humans gave the girls some of their filet mignon... unfortunately a bit too rich (read: heavy) for their humble tastes. Shoulda stuck to the flies.