The Common Vein:
-understanding the world in us and around us through images
The most miraculous event in all of human biology, within the grasp of all human experience, is conception.
Two cells meet and bond at the right place at the right time and a new life is created. Most the time things go well, but sometimes they do not.
This event gives us insight into all other happenings in life. Two parts connect and bond at the right place and the right time, creating a new whole …. and here starts our story.
If things are good then there is order and health, and if things are bad there is disorder and disease.
It is our purpose in life to find the disorder and try and bring it back to order. It is called Tikun Olam in Jewish culture – or “healing the world”.
This is not only the beginning but also the end of the story of The Common Vein..
This web site reflects the philosophical, educational, and artistic pursuits of Ashley Davidoff MD, a resident of Newton Massachusetts.
The essence of the work revolves around the concept that the whole is bigger than its component parts.
The program encompasses a multidisciplinary approach including biology, medicine, art, photography, music, poetry and gardening to exemplify the unifying principles that govern the complexity of life in and around us.
The Common Vein is a web based educational project that explores complex issues by identifying the underlying principles and recurring patterns of the world around and in us.
TCV makes the principles of life and biology accessible to anybody. It is designed with the belief that the complexities of life and biology in order (health ) and disorder (disease), have roots in simple principles. TCV lays down these foundation tenets in the opening pages, and then advances in step-wise fashion to complexity.
To promote not only learning, but also understanding and appreciation.
Fewer words more images.