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a universe under lock and key?

Somewhere on Serendip (I have searched for it and need help . . Ann and/or Paul, can you weigh in here?) there is a wonderful parable about the bad news and the good news.  The bad news is that despite the best efforts of scientists and philosophers, the key to the universe has not yet been found.  The good news is that it's not locked.

Thinking of the universe as unlocked means there is room to move, ways out and in, anywhere is somewhere, whatever you live is life, everyplace is the real world.  If there's a key to the universe, that means it's on the other side of where we are.  Do you think Morris believes thus?  As Paul talks about it, he sounds like a "two-worlder" -- the world of delusion and the world of reality, paradise and earth, a locked universe and an unlocked universe.  Keeping imagination to one world -- holding to this limit -- paradoxically gets rid of the locks. I like that!

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