Epiphanies and Mathematical Proofs
But what brought this piece to my blog is what Poincaré once said, “Thought is only a flash in the middle of a long night, but the flash that means everything.” Now I find that to be truly amazing: that Clarity (with capital C) can often be a concentrated, frightening speck of intense realization, unprovable, but a bezel of Certitude that can overwhelm a person with lightening force. I think that most people have moments like this but dismiss them because of a number of reasons: lack of confidence, thinking that it is spawned by some kind of demonology, postmodern mind-bashing deconstruction of "special" in all of its forms, or public school.
When we have those moments — example, "no God but God" with a meaning that floors you because you behold, in a flicker, the Explanation for Everything — when veils drop and one confronts a true epiphany, then let's appreciate the Clarity and weightiness of what the Prophets received and bore, especially the Final One. When we are startled by an epiphany, remember those who walked the earth who *lived* with something greater than it — pure, often worded, and secure to boot.