The view towards dusk from near the Devil's Beef Tub across towards Wanlackhead in southern Scotland.

Horizon as Metaphor


The horizon leans forward, offering you space to place new steps of change.

Maya Angelou (1993)

The horizon perpetually tempts us, remaining forever a goal that cannot be reached. As we move forward into an unfolding landscape there are few surprises, more of the same takes up its role of our horizon and commonly the changes are subtle, howbeit what we see is new. In a similar way new concepts come to us: the new has to be part of the old or it would be devoid of meaning, yet it has to modify the old to count as new. The receding horizon creates this space in which we build, adding to our store that which was just outside our ken. At the horizon the old and the new mesh. The horizon is the cusp where what was known meets the new: the unknown becomes the known, and a new unknown awaits.

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Sunset over Wanlockhead in southern Scotland. The quote is taken from the poem by Maya Angelou (1928-2014) written for the inaugural ceremony that inducted Bill Clinton to his first presidency in 1993.

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