There is a different kind of beauty evident within me as I ponder and think with a tired mind. The more tired I am, the closer I am to my dreams. The closer I am to slumbering, the sooner it is that I will encounter my limitless state of perception. The walls of my conscious mind will then be broken down, and my unconscious will take control of my reality.
But I’m still awake. Barely.
It is often in this state of tiredness that I am met with some sort of profound realization. Perhaps I become increasingly aware of my blessings, or maybe I simply realize that my expectations for life are often unreasonably high, and things are simply too positive to merit my complaining.
Recently, my mind has been clinging to the idea of our perspective of miraculous and mind-boggling concepts that we consider normal. So, I have compiled a list of several obvious ideas that make my jaw drop:
1) The earth is spherical. It is incredible to me that as we drive long distances, we are driving against the curvature of our Earth. As we walk, each footstep is grazing our planet’s natural curve. We forget that our world is not flat, stretching from one “end” to another. We constantly imagine ourselves, without even realizing it, standing on the “top” of the world. In reality, if we took a line from the top of our head and stretched it infinitely beyond the atmosphere, the line would most likely be stretching from the side of the earth. So, essentially, we are not necessarily standing straight up, but rather sideways, or upside down, or diagonally… yet our visual perception deceives us and suggests that things are much more linear, organized, and directional.
2) Gravity. Each time I imagine a lack of gravity, I literally feel my throat tighten with fear as a result of my own imagination. But no–it’s actually incredibly interesting. Gravity is necessary to life as we know it. What if in another form or style of life, or another form of reality beyond our perception, gravity were not a concept? It could potentially pose no issue whatsoever. However, in our world, without gravity, what would exist as we know it? Everything in our reality is possible because of gravity, unless of course you’re an astronaut.
Here’s some food for thought: What if shapes, colors, senses, and communication were all abstract, senseless, distant ideas that did not define our perspective? How much of our reality is based upon these entities that are so paramount to our perception? (At least speaking from personal experience, I can confidently say that I don’t thank God for the shapes, colors, and senses that define my reality.)
3) Breathing. I find it intriguing and ridiculous that countless organisms are constantly and mindlessly participating in this process of breathing, without learning it, creating carbon dioxide (or oxygen, if you’re a plant or tree), and exchanging in this powerful reaction that drives life’s existence. It is within our biology to give to others as we contribute to providing an essential compound to another species.
4) We’re mammals. I’m convinced that we are the only species that writes and reads blogs, significantly values materialistic things, and finds such a high worth within the arts and aesthetics, but in many ways, we think we are more different than we truthfully are while comparing ourselves to other species. I’ll use horses as my primary example, because I know so much about them.
Horses have their own “government” rooted in herd behavior, in which they desire and attain power, or otherwise assume a more submissive role.
They have personalities, individual characteristics, differing physical traits, strengths, and weaknesses.
Horses communicate via their own language, rooted not only in various noises and vocal expression, but more so through body language and “sensing” what is going on around them. A horse can detect a human’s nerves solely based on body language.
And yes — horses wear special blankets and sheets, often with fashionable patterns and designs. Even other species wear clothes, sometimes (at least many pets and domesticated animals).
Of course, horses and humans are extremely different… but the similarities are certainly present.
5) Life is everywhere. Bacteria and germs are virtually everywhere, so technically, you’re never alone. While I certainly don’t recommend embracing the possible viruses that may be sitting on your hand after touching the buttons on your door handle, I’m utterly amazed with the idea that even small forms of life are constantly surrounding us. Despite their own extremely limited perception of the world, bacteria/germs live independent lives with a unique perspective. Life is beyond incredible.
The list goes on.
I challenge you to think about the most concrete, simple, ordinary idea, and view it through the lens of magnificence and awe.
Everything has the potential to be fascinating.
Everyone has the potential to be fascinated.