Abstract Angel No 102: “The Eye of the Sun”

Nietzsche wrote: “He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.” The same is quite true of the physical source of life as we know it: stare too long into the abyss of light at the heart of our solar system, and it will stare back into you. One hundred seconds of staring directly into the unprotected glare of the sun will incur permanent retinal damage, thus darkening the rest of your life. Would it be worth it? Would the sun have spoken anything meaningful to you in that time?

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