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InvisibletrendalM
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Dust in the Wind...
    #4419575 - 07/18/05 05:08 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

Sometimes, when the conditions are just right, a few billion individual grains of dust will come together and form something new...something that is "more" than the sum of all those grains. Something that, while its constituent parts existed before, did not itself "exist" until the conditions were right and the grains came together. Something that is entirely "unlikely" to exist...when all we look at is the grains themselves.

Thus a dust devil comes to life. It twirls around, seemingly at random (obeying its own "free choice"), perhaps picking up some small leaves or rubbish along the way.

Then, always, it comes to an end. The conditions change, no longer able to support it. As quickly as this dust devil came into being, it collapses and ceases to be. The parts, the grains, do not cease to exist...but the larger whole, the "dust devil", does not exist any longer.


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InvisibleSwami
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Re: Dust in the Wind... [Re: trendal]
    #4419662 - 07/18/05 05:28 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

I close my eyes
Only for a moment, then the moment's gone
All my dreams
Pass before my eyes, a curiosity
Ducks in the wind
All they are is ducks in the wind

Same old song
Just a drop of water in an endless sea
All we do
Crumbles to the ground, though we refuse to see
Ducks in the wind
All we are is ducks in the wind, ohh


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Re: Dust in the Wind... [Re: trendal]
    #4420265 - 07/18/05 08:17 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

Quote:

The conditions change, no longer able to support it




so being greater than the sum of its parts goes hand in hand with fragility

that's beautiful man


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Re: Dust in the Wind... [Re: crunchytoast]
    #4420393 - 07/18/05 08:46 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

favorite line:
don't hang on, nothing last forever but the earth and sky
it slips away and all of your money won't another minute buy


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Re: Dust in the Wind... [Re: FurrySheep]
    #4420402 - 07/18/05 08:50 PM (11 years, 9 months ago)

One of my favorite songs.  Our garage band used to play it.  :heart: We really sucked. :grin:  But we had fun.


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The more knowledge, the more grief.
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Re: Dust in the Wind... [Re: Icelander]
    #4422363 - 07/19/05 06:19 AM (11 years, 9 months ago)

duck?


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Re: Dust in the Wind... [Re: redgreenvines]
    #4422399 - 07/19/05 06:52 AM (11 years, 9 months ago)

Goose?


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Re: Dust in the Wind... [Re: trendal]
    #4422401 - 07/19/05 06:54 AM (11 years, 9 months ago)

Quote:

trendal said:

Thus a dust devil comes to life. It twirls around, seemingly at random (obeying its own "free choice"), perhaps picking up some small leaves or rubbish along the way.
Then, always, it comes to an end. The conditions change, no longer able to support it.




"Burning Man"?


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