About

The commonly accepted thought is that a bird’s eye view allows a person to see and learn more than any other medium through which we might cast our sight. One thing, though, that this view from above loses is the intense detail that comes with being face to face with a subject. Walking down a street and seeing the cracks in the sidewalk can whisk you away to your childhood, reminding you of the days when you would superstitiously jump over those same cracks or swerve on your bike to avoid the inevitable bump. On the same street, you can turn and see the people who stand in their doorway, looking out from their homes at the rest of the world with hope or with desperation. You can see the wrinkles on the faces of those people, mapping out an entire history that can only be learned through an acute attention to detail. By the same token, a ground view philosopher is one who takes what is generally known and expands it—in some cases to the point where it becomes something else entirely, something new and beautiful and, before then, unheard of. At this point, knowing vaguely of everything, as one would through an aerial view, has become the norm. The point of this website is to take a ground view and focus so deeply on a subject that it becomes something more intricate and more vital than it ever would have seemed from above.