Thank you for everything you have given me and given the world. I will continue to look beyond the visible. I will attempt to embrace the universe.
"I'm looking up at the sky. Well, then, at what am I looking? Am I facing the sky? No, I'm not; I'm not looking at anything at all. I'm now facing the ground. When I'm looking down in that direction, am I looking at the ground below me? No, I'm not looking at anything at all. What's going on? It seems that my inner life has been completely demolished.
Well in that case, am I out of my mind? No, I'm no madman. Is madness creeping up on me then? Though by no means out my mind, I still want to plunge into an irrational world whenever I gaze around me. Whenever I look upward, face downward, or stare right in front of me I want to be able to plunge into an irrational world.
While it's not inconceivable that human intelligence is an out-growth of madness, madness could never spring forth from the intellect. If at all possible, I would like you to explore what lies at the root of madness. In gazing up at the sky, look beyond the visible. We should feel that your eyes are embracing the entire universe."
- Kazuo Ohno