“If you can see a thing whole,” he said, “it seems that it’s always beautiful. Planets, lives … But close up, a world’s all dirt and rocks. And day to day, life’s a hard job, you get tired, you lose the pattern. You need distance, interval. The way to see how beautiful earth is, is to see it from the moon. The way to see how beautiful life is, is from the vantage point of death.”
—Ursula K. Le Guin, The Dispossessed, 1974
(As everything I read or watch seems to refer to a past lives perspective, this quote gives me an opportunity to honor one of the great minds of the last 100 years and also points to the advantage of that perspective, pulling away from the detailed, physical world into the non-physical (the NPE-Non Physical Experience.) I know Ursula is enjoying her new vantage point in the non-physical.
Ursula K. LeGuin 1929-2018