there is more contained in just a few handfuls of sand than in all the amusements of the world added together…

From 24 yr old Ken | July 28, 1996

A friend of mine likes amusement parks. I like them too, to some degree – the challenge of the video games, pinball (I love playing pinball), the ‘safe’ fear when riding a roller-coaster or other ride…

…and yet, while walking through an amusement park, the thought keeps popping in my head, “Distractions. All distractions. Bright, sparkling lights, noises to grab attention, vendors and stands with workers enticing us to “win such-and-such”

… And less and less are the thrills of the amusement parks enticing me… more and more I find myself wandering over to the beach, sitting in the sand, digging holes, looking at the sky and the ocean, wondering about this marvelous creation…

one day, I was at the beach, digging, making little hills and valleys and was starkly amazed,

“No matter how much you keep digging, there’s more sand…” and my thoughts turned to the nature of infinity, the tiny size of my body in comparison to the size of the stars, the planets, the vast and immeasurable spaces inbetween… the immeasurable distance between atoms in a molecule… the infinite nature of the soul and intellect… …and that, no matter how much I dig and dig for deeper structure, that there is always more…

Walking back towards the pretty artificial lights, the games and amusements… I felt very sad, as there is more contained in just a few handfuls of sand than in all the amusements of the world added together…

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