It is a little known scientific fact, that every rainbow forms a circle around the shadow of the head of the person viewing it. This is due to the strict physics and geometry that the light follows on its course to its observer’s eyes.
This means that no two eyes will ever look at the same rainbow (except in photographs). And rainbows don’t really have an objective existence. At least, not like they appear to us, as a single bow in the sky. Instead, there is the light for an almost (or actual) infinite of different rainbows, if there were only eyes in place to see them. We each only ever see one small aspect of each rainbow, because we are in just one place.
Yet our experience of it is no less true for that.
I am the centre of the rainbow. And this beautifully illustrates, how I am at the centre of colour and light. I am the one that experiences and knows and receives the world.
And yet again, I am not. There is so much that I do not see, so much that is not in reference to me. My rainbow is not the whole rainbow.
And yet, how can it be known, except in this glorious subjectivity? Even as I imagine the rainbow as others might see it, I just imagine I am those others. Even when I imagine the “objective” view, I am imagining how I might see it through God’s eyes.
The aspect I see will revolve around me. The universe revolves around the One that is experiencing it. My experience is just an aspect of the experience of the One’s, my knowledge just an aspect of the Omniscient’s.
P.S. Here’s some cool rainbow facts for you. Not where I found out from, but it gives a good quick run down
P.P.S. I’ve been reading a book giving a brief overview of lots of important philosophers, and loving it. You could probably guess that from this post…
P.P.P.S. Have I maybe gone off the rails a bit? Let me know what you think