LEONARDO DA VINCI REGARDED NATURE AS THE SOURCE OF ALL KNOWLEDGE, AS WHERE WE BEGIN TO SORT OUT THE RULES OF THE WORLD, DISCOVERING HOW PLANTS AND ANIMALS GROW AND HOW WE INTEGRATE, FIRST, OUR NEEDS AND, ULTIMATELY, OUR PREFERENCES INTO THE LIMITATIONS AND POSSIBILITIES OF LIFE. THE MOST INVENTIVE MAN OF THE RENAISSANCE, DA VINCI FELT THERE WAS NO EFFECT WITHOUT CAUSE, NO INVENTION WITHOUT PURPOSE. I WANT TO ASK HIM, IS THE SIGHT OF A FLOWER IN BLOOM SUFFICIENT IN PURPOSE TO JUSTIFY MY DELIGHT? THE FLOWER BLOOM S FOR ITSELF, A STEP MERELY NECESSARY FOR ITS SEED TO RIPEN. MY DELIGHT IS NOT WITH THE SEED OR THE PROSPECT OF ANOTHER FLOWER LATER. MY DELIGHT IS SIMPLY WITH THE FLOWER’S BEAUTY NOW. I NEED TO TALK WITH LEONARDO—RIGHT AWAY.
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This is the third house I’ve owned, and always I’ve started the planting before dealing with changes desired for the house itself. Everyone pitches in. It is a sign for each of us that we are putting down roots, that we are marrying ourselves to a vision we have of our future; that we are growing a life.