Moving right along from our painfully tedious little election to more cheerful subjects such as the hypothetical death of the universe, consider if you will a little ancient Hindu cosmology as interpreted by Carl Sagan from his 1980 PBS television series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage.
Sagan often liked to refer to an apocryphal story about a Western traveler who asks an Oriental philosopher to describe the nature of the world. He tells him that the world is a great ball resting on the flat back of an enormous turtle. “Ah,” his questioner inquires, “but what does the world turtle stand on?” “On the back of a still larger turtle,” the philosopher tells him. “Yes, but what does he stand on?” And the philosopher says, “It’s no use to continue with your questions, it’s turtles all the way down.”