(chronosomatically) Contemplating the Navel

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Humanity's reliance on walking as its primary means of migration came to an end as the dominance of the hip bones receded, and as the plane of the present rose above the hip bones it entered the abdominal section of the body created by the skeletal gap between the hip bones and the rib cage, the section of the body that most readily expands. Portugal's yearning for expansion was the very reason it searched for a new east/west trade route, and, since their quest proved successful, they gained a leading role in world trade. The heightened status of Portugal, however, was not the only effect of the new east/west shipping path. The new trade route also initiated the dissemination of Western (that is, European) influence over other parts of the globe, specifically the coasts of Africa and southern Asia.

The dominating spread of Western culture reached its greatest potential in 1492 when Christopher Columbus, in his search for yet another new trade route to the East (that is, India), inadvertently discovered the New World, the American continents. This discovery not only increased the opportunities for more global exploration by the West, it also brought to humanity a new and expanded comprehension of the Earth's extent. The position of 1492 on the Timepiece gauge corresponds precisely with the top most edge of the hip bones, exactly where unrestricted corporeal expansion is able to begin. The discovery of the Americas simultaneously marked the end of an archaic and limited global order and the beginning of a new world order based on unrestrained expansion.




Stephen Lauf © 2017.02.12