This is mostly a thank-you note to Jon Racherbaumer for drawing my attention to Emerson's essay "Circles." Jon's thought was that this would be good subject matter for a linking ring routine. I take this as a friendly challenge.
The premise of the essay is "that every action admits of being outdone." The "circles" of the title are the neat, perfect, bounded truths we create, which are inevitably subsumed by even greater truths. "The man finishes his story, - how good! how final! how it puts a new face on all things! He fills the sky." And then comes the new thing, which completely contains the supposedly sky-filling old thing. "Nothing is secure but life, transition, the energizing spirit. No love can be bound by oath or covenant to secure it against a higher love. No truth so sublime but it may be trivial tomorrow in the light of new thoughts. People wish to be settled; only as far as they are unsettled is there any hope for them." You are not to go down clinging to the old paradigm, for "valor consists in the power of self-recovery" through life's continuous over-leaping of its own boundaries.
Is this amenable to linking ring translation? It seems to me that it would require working with rings of different sizes, so that one could be shown to contain another. If I can't pull it off, can we change the challenge to ANY Emerson essay, using ANY magical prop? As entertainment insurance, I'll be sure to wear a sparkly gown for those who can't relate to my transcendental patter.
(And for those who can.)