Tree Of Life

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I’ve been reading Lawrence Weschler’s Everything That Rises: A Book Of Convergences. The title comes from Flannery O’Connor’s collection of short stories, Everything That Rises Must Converge. She took her title from Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s Omega Point which contains the lines: Remain true to yourself, but move ever upward toward greater consciousness and greater love! At the summit you will find yourselves united with all those who, from every direction, have made the same ascent. For everything that rises must converge.

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My favourite chapter of Weschler’s book is called Branching Out Yet Further. It’s a lovely essay on coincidence, illuminating a beautiful vision of the interconnectedness of all things. It seemed appropriate to paraphrase it here. He begins with Mike & Doug Starn.

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Santiago Ramón y Cajal

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Thomas Eisner

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Rodney Graham

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Rodney Graham

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Henry Gray

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Athanasius Kircher, Geneological Tree, Adam to Abraham, 1633

Athanasius Kircher

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Ad Reinhardt

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Jackson Pollock

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Bill Cheswick & Hal Burch

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Lee Friedlander

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Ruth Asawa

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Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

The tree in the forest

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Joseph Hutchins Colton

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Lawrence Weschler

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David Byrne

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3 Responses to Tree Of Life

  1. greg becker says:

    A nice trilogy of tree posts. I especially like your tree of heaven piece. The tree may have been smelly but the story is sweet.

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