The relationship between the giants of earth and the soul awaits the echo.
It is the tension between creativity and skepticism that has produced the stunning and unexpected findings of science. –Carl Sagan
All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man’s life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom. –Albert Einstein
The conversation began at the breakfast table, where so many of my rabbit trails begin. I shared a poem and Jeff chimed in, residing in the chemical structures floating in his mind, “Djerassi penned novels and poetry”. Oh? In his opinion, he rather thinks not much of his literary work and many chemists found him quite arrogant when it came to his scientific pursuits. The point of the conversation for me was not to write a chapter of a biography. Rather, I considered the relationship between imagination and the quest for truth.
Carl Djerassi, an organic chemist, is most notably known as the father of the birth control pill (Two Poems). He started an artists retreat in the mountains of California, inviting those in pursuit of blending life with the unseen. To create reality, images nonexistant, foreign forms. The retreat honors his daughter Pamela, who committed suicide July 5, 1978. You can read the story here Pamela Djerassi
Another connection resides which often becomes a source of creativity: death. Found this lovely video. Enjoy. Perhaps it well help you mentally and creatively deal with grief and trauma.
spoken at midnight
the people pine
shake the earth,
the path least understood.
The reed lies bruised
while the world is mute,
with fear time stands still.
The edges of the box
sharp and long
lowers, slowly into the ground.
We face the same questions. We answer with brutal answers.