The place of emergence is the womb of the earth.
—Barbara G. Walker, The Woman’s Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets, 1983
The eye is the window to the soul.
—Leonardo Da Vinci
AND now, I said, let me show in a figure how far our nature is enlightened or unenlightened:—Behold! Human beings living in an underground den, which has a mouth open towards the light.…
—Plato, The Republic, Book VII
Unable to resist my eager desire and wanting to see the great multitude of the various and strange shapes made by formative nature, and having wandered some distance among gloomy rocks, I came to the entrance of a great cavern, in front of which I stood some time, astonished and ...