PLACE OF THE HEARTS DESIRE
|The Prince Who Was A Thousand walks beside
the sea and under the sea. The only other intelligent
inhabitant of the world within which he walks cannot be
sure whether the Prince created it or discovered it. This
is because one can never be sure whether wisdom produces
or merely locates, and the Prince is wise.
He walks along the beach. His footsteps begin seven paces behind him. High above his head hangs the sea.
The sea hangs above his head because it has no choice in the matter. The world within which he walks is so constructed that if one were to approach it from any direction, it would appear to be a world completely lacking in land masses.
If one were to descend far enough beneath that sea which surrounds it, however, one would emerge from the underside of the waters and enter into the planet's atmosphere.
Descending still farther, one would reach dry land. Traversing this land, one might come upon other bodies of water, waters bounded by land, beneath the sea that hangs in the sky.
The big sea flows perhaps a thousand feet overhead. Bright fish fill its bottom, like mobile constellations. And down here on the land, everything glows.
It has been said that a world such as this unnamed place with a sea for a sky could not possibly exist.
Those who said it are obviously wrong. Positing infinity, the rest is easy.