We are one
Leonardo da Vinci left a famous painting in the 15th century B.C. of a man with arms and legs stretched out in a circle and a square. This is the ‘Vitruvius Human Body Diagram’ he drew by calculating the proportions of the human body. In this painting, which has become a global icon today, the circle symbolizes the universe and the square symbolizes the earth.
In other words, the center of the universe and the earth is human, and knowing humans means understanding the universe. This kind of thought is an extension of the ‘human microcosm theory’ that has been handed down since ancient times, and was also a view of human beings in the Renaissance era.
In this philosophy, in the East, the human body is often compared to a microcosm. According to Eastern thought, just as there are four seasons in spring, summer, autumn and winter in the sky, humans have two arms and two legs, and the principle of changing the universe and the human body are the same. In fact, diseases were treated based on these theories and philosophies.
What is surprising is that in 1985, scientists at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics announced that a human figure came out as a result of inputting the constellation data of the universe that had been revealed so far into a supercomputer. The results of this study were published in the British science media ‘New Science’ in 1986.
In addition to this study, scientists are reporting significant results after studying the similarity between the human body and the universe.
In fact, not only scientists but also artists who draw pictures discover that we are very similar to nature. When I look at the delicate stems of trees or leaves, I am amazed at how similar they are to the human nervous system. Maybe we are not living things that came out of one stem? The idea is that we are a community inseparable from each other.
At some point, each person and organs inside of me seemed like a part of nature. It is nature itself that blooms together, bears fruit together, and lives together in the same planet.
In this sense, today I drew a picture while thinking about the anatomical structure of the heart. The blood vessels of the heart were shaped with tree branches, and flowers and leaves were drawn inside the heart. It seems as if our hearts are beating and blooming and bearing fruit.
Myungja Anna Koh