It was just yesterday that I wrote about puzzles. Well this morning I opened a small package in the mail to find yet another example: a Rubik\’s cube. You remember it, don\’t you? It\’s that multi-colored cube with faces that twist and turn. Once the faces have been turned enough and the colors adequately confused, the object is to return each of the faces to a single color. The puzzle is difficult to solve. Even its inventor, Erno Rubik, struggled for a month to first return the colors to their starting positions.
The Hungarian born architect Erno Rubik is fascinated with the spatial elements of shape and movement. Here\’s what he has said about the Cube:
The Cube can seem alive as it heats up in your hand. The fact that each face of the Cube is made of three layers of three blocks has an important meaning. The number three seems to have a particular significance, relevant in some strange ways to the relation between man and nature. “mother-child-father, heaven-earth-hell, creation-preservation-destruction, birth-life-death.
It\’s obvious that Mr. Rubik considers his invention to be more than just a child\’s toy. It represents a philosophical trinity, relationships and unity. The Cube is a tangible example of how life is sometimes presented, as a puzzle and a mystery.
Day 14 Guide
Maybe it\’s on rare occasion that all the colors seem perfectly aligned in your life “ that your potential is limitless and your worries are few. I think most of us spend our time trying to mange the twists and turns of days that are multicolored. But we should endure and continue our work until finally “ if only for a moment “ we can sand atop the mountain and see forever.
© 2009, Levi Hill