Sometimes, the way things are going these days, it helps to remember the long view; that the world, the universe, predates humanity by billions of years. And the amazing thing is that if you look at the world through that lens, the antiquity of it all is all around us, plain as day, ready for reflection. And not only is that ancient time there if we can see it, but it appears with a thin layer of the present, the transient, which is probably what most people see.
This is part of the fascination of the North Shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota. The whole length of it is a lesson in ancient geology, having been created in a now dormant rift valley about a billion years ago. The ancient rocks are matched by the power of the lake itself. And the two together form a synthesis that one perceives as beyond human, that has no time for our flightiness. It’s refreshing, if not entirely comforting.