"Spider as Power Animal links to creation itself and in turn ‘fate’. Extreme talent seems to open a window into the heavens themselves. We get a glimpse of our true human potential and can be filled with a sense that there is something ‘beyond’ our experience. It is humbling and it can be frightening, hence the strong reactions of some. Whilst science seeks to pull back the veil to reveal the workings of creation, it often leads to more questions than answers. Spider medicine and Arachne tap into the unknowable, even what ‘should not’ be known. Arachne may connect to the concept of playing God.
For many, Spider is a symbol of the ancient Mother Goddess, a divine feminine symbol. Perhaps this is why Spider has been feared and maligned.”
“We may please ourselves with the prospect of free and popular governments. But there is great danger that those governments will not make us happy. God grant they may. But I fear that in every assembly, members will obtain an influence by noise, not sense. By meanness, not greatness. By ignorance, not learning. By contracted hearts, not large souls.”—John Adams (via world-shaker)
This is Jessica Su’s college application essay for the California Institute of Technology.
From Day 1, my goal in life has been to understand the universe from a rational perspective. As a child I attempted to develop a moral/political theory derivable from a small set of widely-accepted axioms. Being a less-than-stellar philosopher, I failed at this, though I did end up with two moral theories, both of which contained enormous logical loopholes. As I progressed through middle school and learned to be more precise with my mathematical diction, I realized the flawed nature of my theories, and worse, that few people seemed to care whether they were flawed or not – even the more intelligent people I talked to would claim “math and politics don’t mix.”