He did not wear the uniform cloak--which was not obligatory at that epoch of less liberty but more independence--but a cerulean-blue doublet, a little faded and worn, and over this a magnificent baldric, worked in gold, which shone like water
ripples in the sun.
Try to see this process for yourself: Start by placing the pad of your index finger on the surface of a liquid, like water
. Then lift it up quickly--and observe that some water sticks to your finger and then falls back into the water.
Imagine global media, both new and old, like water
heating up in a pan.
Something similar occurs in Ancient of Days, 1979-81, on a Tokyo street, where a crowd and a large electronic sign seem a chaotic, amorphous flow, yet, like water
, with a peculiar rhythm giving them inner form.