What view do you enjoy most through a clear glass window in your home?
Fascinating post Laurie – so many levels.
The intricate fractal patterns of nature, available when certain conditions are met – the Zen desert is indeed a wonder to contemplate (a different wind would leave a very different pattern).
The different ways that glass can bend or reflect light at different angles make it very useful in many ways.
Without my “glasses” (which are no longer glass, but a multi layered and very exactly shaped set of plastics) I would not see much at all, and I do get to enjoy a marvellous view of trees, and ocean and majestic mountains, through the glass of our “ranch-slider” windows/doors.
And glass is a very interesting substance. It is actually a supercooled liquid. It does flow, but only very slowly. If one measures the thickness of very old glass windows very exactly, they are clearly thinner at the top and thicker at the bottom, but it takes centuries for such flow to create differences noticeable to the naked eye.
There is an angle at the interface between glass of any particular type, and anything else (including glass of other types) beyond which reflection will occur. This effect is used to constrain LASER light within fibre optic cables (thin ultra clear glass fibre coated with another glass) and give us the ultra high speed communications systems that are now the backbone of the Internet.
And recycling may not make much sense from the perspective of corporate profits, and it does make sense from the perspective of using the energy available to us from the sun to most efficiently achieve what we want in life. Which is a train of thought leading ultimately to our need to transcend markets as a method of determining value, and to contemplating the sorts of valuation mechanisms we might use instead (like contemplating or experiencing the absence of something to determine a relative value).
So yes – very Zen, very deep relationships at very many levels.