I I I. M Y L I F E I N T H E P L E N I T U D E (A )
For most people the Plenitude is an envelope that surrounds and buffers them fromthe rest of the galaxy. Going out at night and seeing the stars directly is not onlyunsatisfying due to ambient light, but hardly a competitor to what’s on TV. Forlarge numbers of people helping to construct or maintain a small part of thePlenitude is how they pay for their homes, cars, clothing, vacations in Anaheim.How else can you make a living? A smaller number of people have jobs which wouldbe called
in the broad sense: inventing new stuff for the malls andmultiplexes, the new and improved, the must-see. And a really small percentage of people have jobs where they are tasked with making new categories of things, thingswhich may require new stores, or new laws, or new manufacturing plants, or whichchange how a family spends its Saturday night.What’s curious about my life is that I have done all these things while wearing thehats of the artist, designer, engineer and scientist. It has been a lucky life. It ishardly an exemplary life, I haven’t landed on 60 Minutes as either a role model or acriminal; my bank account is not full; it is hardly a life to be followed. I present ithere, instead, as an
one that helps us see how and why this denseenvelope was constructed. I want to expose
the pleasure of creation
as well as itsconsequence.