“To a wise man, the whole earth is open, because the true country of a virtuous soul is the entire universe.” -- Democritus
These words of the Greek philosopher Democritus, born around 450 B.C., who is known for developing the atomic theory of the universe, I learned recently reading, "Reality Is Not What It Seems," by Carlo Rovelli.
"There is no fear of gods, no ends or purposes in the world," Rovelli writes, "no cosmic hierarchy, no distinction between the earth and heavens. There is a deep love of nature, a serene immersion within it; a recognition that we are profoundly a part of it; that men, women, animals, plants and clouds are organic threads of a marvelous whole, without hierarchies. There is a feeling of deep universalism in the splendid words of Democritus."
The book is a little thick for me in some of its description of modern quantum theory, but discovering this astounding insight from a brilliant man who lived so long ago has simply astounded me.
Democritus now has preeminent status in my collection of favorite travel quotations.
(Photo: Banteay Srei, Cambodia)
I'm a retired journalist from Hawaii who tired quickly of retirement and hit the road as a slow solo world traveler in August 2016. I've spent time in 18 countries on four continents and right now I'm enjoying life in Penang, Malaysia.
I've been interviewed about my travels by Nomadic Matt, and Expat Focus, and here's a great story by veteran Borneo newsman and writer James Ritchie, about our meeting in Kuching, titled, A Confluence of Adventure Writers .
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