Escapist Speculations

Heaven's gate
The corner of eternity and infinity


There are times so dark and desperate that one just has to take a break from quotidian crises and let one’s mind meander through alternate times and places, to wander through idle ideas.  Mightn’t it be that those are the times when the most profound epiphanies burst forth?

Take for example the most perfect of three physical dimensional objects, equidistant everywhere thus a reflection of perfect equality, perhaps even equity and justice, …. the globe.

Where does the left side start on the surface of a globe, the right, the far left, the far right, the center?  Hmmm, one might wonder if there’s not an important lesson there for polarizing politicians but no, lessons are obviously wasted on them, facts irrelevant, only focus groups count, and polls, especially polls one can manipulate.

Yuck!  Back to apparently frivolous but perhaps profoundly insightful speculations.

Globes, interesting that on both a micro and macro sense, globes permeate our universe.  One wonders if that’s true of the multiverse as well.  What might an eleven dimensional globe look like?

The globe, a geometric divinity.

In its core of course a center is discernable, but only that, the second (in both temporal and spatial terms) that one moves away from the core, all other directional concepts become irrelevantly relative.

One might wonder if there’s a political message for us in that, a philosophical message, even a spiritual message.

I think not.  Even if there is, perhaps its best ignored during escapist speculations, or at least, perhaps we can delve a bit more generically, un-focusing and then refocusing until our normal senses are too confused to intrude.

So, a message or various messages or many messages. Perhaps, but none I can discern, I’m a bit woozy, as though ….  What is that smell and where’d all the smoke come from and why am I so hungry?

OK, … if there are no discernable messages, … or too many, there are in all probability many, many questions, an infinity of questions multiplying into eternity, and a dearth of answers.  An infinity of speculations, perhaps even greater than the number of questions, but then again, all infinites are purportedly equal, an infinite number of eons make up an eternity, as do an infinite number of millennia, of centuries, of years, of months, of weeks, of days, of hours, of minutes, of seconds.

Interesting and perhaps worthy of adoration, the concept of the core.

“O holy, holy core, though of infinite manifestations, in the alpha and the omega only one”.  Hmm, that has a snappy zing to it, a mystery, an enigma such as worshipers adore.

A religion based on that precept might, one would suppose, be compelled to quest for the core of cores of cores of cores ad infinitum, for the center of centers of centers on the nano- quark in the first nano-instant of the Big Bang, the place where a deist might assume God dwells, or a polytheist the locus of Olympus and Nirvana and Himalaya and Ásgardr and all of the myriad places where gods call home.


Might that be the place where Loki or one of his avatars or cousins or ancestors first stole the smallest piece of nothing that unbalanced the inchoate and resulted in the creation of everything.


That would make whoever the thief was the primal demiurge.  One might wonder forever whether or not that demiurge had any idea what he, or more probably she, was doing.

Chaos softly sleeping then rudely wakened.


Might that have been the divine alarm that called to order the symphony of the spheres?

© Guillermo Calvo Mahé; Manizales, 2017; all rights reserved.  Please feel free to share with appropriate attribution.

Guillermo Calvo Mahé (a sometime poet) is a writer, political commentator and academic currently residing in the Republic of Colombia although he has primarily lived in the United States of America (of which he is a citizen).  Until recently he chaired the political science, government and international relations programs at the Universidad Autónoma de Manizales.  He has academic degrees in political science (the Citadel), law (St. John’s University), international legal studies (New York University) and translation studies (the University of Florida’s Center for Latin American Studies).  He can be contacted at or and much of his writing is available through his blog at

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