Monday, March 26, 2007

a welcome with a bit of explanation

Oliver Wendell Holmes once compared many people's view of the law as "a brooding omnipresence in the sky." He rejected the idea that the law is something "out there" that we discover-- instead, he saw it as something people make to solve the problems of society.

I don't know if he was right or wrong, but I really like the way he phrased the problem. I see the brooding omnipresence everywhere. I see it in law everyday. I see it in art. in philosophy. in life itself.

Are we discoverers or creators? I don't know. But I definitely know the brooding omnipresence, the sense of Something Out There that seems to appear in the small details of life.

My goal in writing this blog is to get at that Omnipresence by talking about the details. I think that if I tried to talk about It directly, I'd blow it. So here's to beating around the bush.

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