“The whole is necessarily everything,
the whole world of fact and fancy, body and psyche, physical fact and spiritual truth, individual and collective, life and death, macrocosm and microcosm, conscious and unconscious, subject and object. The whole is portrayed by is, the deepest word of deep ultimate reality, not shallow and partial as reasons are, but deeper and participating, possibly encompassing the Oriental concept of being.
And all this against the hot beach on an Easter Sunday,
with the passing day and the passing time. This little trip of ours was becoming a thing and a dual thing, with collecting and eating and sleeping merging with the thinking-speculating activity. Quality of sunlight, blueness and smoothness of water, boat engines and ourselves were all parts of a larger whole and we could begin to feel its nature but not its size.”
– John Steinbeck, Sea of Cortez, p. 150-151, (1941)