On the Wings of a Pig

When all people embrace John Steinbeck’s philosophy to “aspire though earthbound,” plump dreams will yield virtue, not lucre, and the pigasus, the humble winged-pig that bathes in mud, will take us to the stars as we earn heaven on earth. In The Log From the Sea of Cortez, Steinbeck writes, "Why do we so dread to think of our species as a species? Can it be that we are afraid of what we may find? That human self-love would suffer too much and that the image of God might prove to be a mask? This could be only partly true, for if we could cease to wear the image of a kindly, bearded, interstellar dictator, we might find ourselves true images of his kingdom, our eyes the nebulae, and universes in our cells."