“Life is not about finding our limitations; it’s about finding our infinity.”

Herbie Hancock


This is the contemporary version of Michelangelo’s “the greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it” quote.

Good ole Herbie is suggesting infinity is a good attainable goal.

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm … how can infinity be an actual goal?  Isn’t infinity limitless?


Let’s maybe say this quote is about limitless great things and “the quest.”


I tend to believe the whole idea of infinity and opportunities and ‘what could be’ type stuff is scary to a lot of people.

Mainly because that means floating your life in an infinite space of choices and objectives and paths and what will come.  And THAT means that there are rarely set objectives or ‘milestones’ or crap like that.  Successes and failures are infinite.  And ‘success’ is achieved only through the depth and breadth of your discovery of the infinite.

And it also means at the end (another way to say ‘death’) the only thing you have “achieved” is “I have explored the infiniteness of life.”

Uh oh.

For a lot of people that really don’t mean shit.

They want their “bucket list” with a whole bunch of checks checked off.  Or the satisfaction of what they have competed or gained.

But I guess those people are different than those who believe in infiniteness.  For if you believe life is infinite then how the hell could you check things off your list.  The list is ever expansive and iterative and, well, infinite.


The “trickeration” in the opening quote wording suggests you can really find infinity (but isn’t infinity infinite therefore no boundaries so how do you find  … well  … whatever … my head hurts).

I do like this quote.

I like its message.

And I like the lack of boundaries.

And I like the fact that life is infinite.

Shit. I like that everything meaningful is infinite.

Which kinda means you can gather all life has to give and still have something left to gather. Well. That sounds pretty amazing.


The exceptions?

Except the finite things of course.


Written by Bruce