The Earth: Music, Walls, Eyes and Ears.
Someone or something, god or some form of quantum intention went to a great deal of trouble to bring humanity to this state of sentient development. Based on my experience in conversations with many very intelligent people, it seems (since at the time I did not know what questions to ask), our arriving on a planet such as this, with bodies of infinite flexibility, minds of amazing capability but above all with sentience, the ability to experience is generally not understood or appreciated.
I call my collection of photography The Hidden World of the Nearby because I found virtually all of my images on roadsides and in parking lots and in twenty-eight years never once met someone photographing alongside me. And I asked myself, what is nearest to me that is hidden yet I am not aware of it, and I decided it was the experience of life, especially seeing.
This takes a bit of pondering. The input to your brain is two approximately 1/2" images on your retinas. These combine with your experience of hearing and touch to create what you are seeing, in three dimensions, all color, texture, position, movement. Close your eyes and it disappears, and no one has a clue how this experience happens in your head. Hearing same thing, except two ear drums, still pretty small.
The best experience here is a good seat in a great concert hall with a great conductor, soloist, composer and orchestra. Here is a link. I hope you have good Bose speakers connected to your computer and set the internet for full screen. This, in my experience is as good as it gets. It is worth pondering what has gone into creating this sound (and the images). Every person involved has devoted their lives to their art, including the instrument makers, players and teachers, concert hall designers and Leonard Bernstein, one of the greatest condutors, the Music VerinSalle, probably the best concert hall in the world, and the Vienna Philharmonic, quite possibly the best orchestra in the world. And being a pianist of modest skill I nevertheless recognize Kristian Zimerman as one of the very finest pianists. I know his interpretations of music I play and they are incomparable. And, of course, Beethoven. (click on Beethoven; sorry for the commercial)BEETHOVEN
In classical music Beethoven joined music of the classical period (Mozart, Haydn) to the music of the romantic period. His body of work: symphonies, piano concerti, string quartets, solo piano music virtually defined the genres. If you say “symphony” you think of Beethoven. And in my mind he wrote the single greatest and most important note in the history of classical music. The first note of the 3rd symphony marks the beginning of a new musical era. I include a sample of that also.
You ask, of course, what does this have to do with the climate. Well, the climate is the life of the earth. The earth gave us life, and I feel I need to put a stake in the ground on the top of the highest peak and declare: here is where the earth took us. Then I cry because we betrayed it and because so few of us appreciate it. And this is only one of many peaks.
What is humanity like.
I will show you below my calculation putting the probability at one in one hundred trillion. And a scientist of evolution happened to come up with the same number. But we do not study this so these seems like strange questions.