My wonderful husband planned a delightful surprise trip for us to the Finger Lakes in Central NY. The third day was spent at the Corning Museum of Glass and, let me tell you, you simply must go there at some point in your life. I gleened several bits of information and insight among the glass.
There were two exhibits, Eisch and Littleton (great name, seeing that some of the pieces probably weighed a little ton), both significant contributors to the art world in glass. Eisch created several glass portraits of Littleton, one with his words “Technique is cheap,” which is a strong statement and, for the most part (aside from having to pay to learn the technique), is true. Anyone can be technically adept at anything (such as advising you on your finances), but only those who have a passion for what is beyond the technique can be instrumental in helping you navigate your way through the mazes of life.
We have become an informational society but information is not knowledge and knowledge is not wisdom. Only the depths and shadows will provide us with the most meaningful answers; light alone would only blind us.
On that note, my husband and I went to a discussion about fiber optics that just about pushed my comprehension level beyond the confines of my physical brain. Apparently light travels through glass fibers and that light is information, so information travels through the fiber and gets decoded upon entry into understandable data (audible, visual). So, to shine the light on a subject is really the same as the light being the subject when it comes to information technology. What caught my attention is that in order for this process to work, to allow the light/information to travel to its destination, there must be “total internal reflection” in the glass fiber.
Total internal reflection.
So, you must be able to reflect on the information internally, and completely, in order for it to be readable and used.
THEN we watched a glass breaking demonstration. I was thinking it was going to be all “Oppa!” but no, it was about how when stress is applied to the glass (heat/cold/pressure) that it causes the glass to shatter (no big revelation there). Yet the strongest glass is (thermal) tempered, whereby they apply “precision stress”; it turns out that certain kinds of stress makes the glass stronger – just like what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger. Interesting stuff glass is.
How poetic artists are. It made me ponder as to why there aren’t many (any?) poems about money when it’s one of the most sought after items, next to love and health. Any takers on financial poetry?