(chronosomatically) Contemplating the Navel
Since 1543 falls chronologically within the High Renaissance, it is thus part of a historic period when an unprecedented combination of philosophic, geographic, and scientific 'discoveries' thoroughly eliminated humanity's archaic notions of physical existence. While the heliocentric theory forms the nucleus of humanity's new comprehension of reality, the 15th century Western European re-discovery of numerous ancient Greek texts, and the initiatory global explorations of the Portuguese, and, ultimately, Christopher Columbus' discovery of the New World also manifested 'new' realities that supplanted old beliefs. These 'new' realities vastly broadened the physical and the rational possibilities within virtually all fields of human endeavor, thus creating a fundamental difference between pre-Renaissance civilization and post-Renaissance civilization. Essentially, as a new phase of humanity came into being an old phase of humanity ended.
Stephen Lauf © 2017.02.12