Pulitzer-Winning Poet Mark Strand on the Heartbeat of Creative Work and the Artist’s Task to Bear Witness to t he Universe

This guy expresses a similar "stardust-based" view:

"We’re only here for a short while. And I think it’s such a lucky accident, having been born, that we’re almost obliged to pay attention. …we are — as far as we know — the only part of the universe that’s self-conscious. We could even be the universe’s form of consciousness. We might have come along so that the universe could look at itself. I don’t know that, but we’re made of the same stuff that stars are made of, or that floats around in space. But we’re combined in such a way that we can describe what it’s like to be alive, to be witnesses. Most of our experience is that of being a witness. We see and hear and smell other things. I think being alive is responding."

From interview with poet Mark Strand (April 11, 1934–November 29, 2014)

http://www.brainpickings.org/2015/01/28/mark-strand-creativity/?mc_cid=f2a44c2b67&mc_eid=4543536485

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