Monday, March 22, 2010

Valuing mystery

I'm all for being practical. However, many people who claim to value the practical above all else tend to minimize the value of wonder, the value of allowing themselves the experience of awe:

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. They to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, are as good as dead: their eyes are closed.

-- Albert Einstein

If you haven't felt a sense of awe or wonder today, give yourself that opportunity before you go to bed tonight. If you can't find that opportunity in your home or backyard, I promise you it can be found on the internet! Go to Wikimedia Commons and browse through the art work there or visit the NASA website and look at some of the Hubble telescope photographs. Train yourself. Coach yourself. The awareness of wonder will come to you in time, truly.

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