I am new to the site, and am not really sure how it works, but I heard something today that upset me immeasurably and thought that maybe one of you would feel the same. While looking through photo submissions during a meeting for my university’s Literary-Arts Magazine, the club came across a photograph of a breathtaking Allium flower. When it was time to critique the photo, the first comment was, *cue high-pitched “liiiiiikkkeee, okay soooooo” generic female voice*, “There’s nothing special about it, its, like, ordinary. Clearly this person can’t take photos” followed by another comment, “I don’t see anything remarkable here”. Now, what upset me was not that she didn’t like the picture, it was that she saw nothing special about it. This photograph of an absolutely awe-inspiring creation of Nature was completely lost on this girl. There is nothing “ordinary” about that flower, or any other part of life for that matter. All of it is simply remarkable! Her comments got me thinking. My question is, can no one see the extraordinary parts, even something as small as a flower, of every day life anymore? Has the fact that we see incredible things every day cheapened their wondrousness? Or is it just that some have never been taught to see the world and life as exceptional?
I think I understand where you are coming from…
What makes you think that Nature is remarkable? I’m curious to know. (:
This post makes me think about how digital media/graphic design, ect. can (in indirect/direct ways) define what is “remarkable” or “wondrous”, thus, influence what we perceive to be awe inspiring. You shouldn’t let her comment upset you immeasurably though. Some people just aren’t sensitive to beauty, or may have a different definition of what beauty is.
I agree, some people are not sensitive to beauty or see it in different ways. Nature, to me, is so remarkable because when you consider our existence, how impossible it is that something as incredible as life exists, and yet it does, it is just…. for lack of a better word, remarkable. The sheer idea of it is sometimes hard to put into words, so I apologize for my lack of them :). Thank you so much for your reply!
I agree with you that people have lost the ability to recognize the true beauty and ultimate healer that is nature, but I personally wouldn’t account it to being too exposed to it. I think it’s the exact opposite: people are distracted by so many other things they feel are important and essential for them. They simply overlook it because in their minds it doesn’t directly and instantly gratify them. In a world that is so fast paced and complex, it seems contradictory to the masses to stop and admire something so slow and simple. They don’t see under the skin of it. They don’t feel the connectedness to it like us aware individuals do. One of my favorite quotes that I think can be loosely applied to this: “Pay attention to where you’re going, but never forget where you came from.” We came from nature and it used to be a huge part of most, unfortunately until some learned how to conquer it(technology) and became too caught up in progress. Most all of society has forgotten where we came from and are obsessively trying to look for meaning when it is right out their front door. I think you hit it right on the head with that last question, people aren’t taught to appreciate the present moment anymore and the beauty that surrounds us. They are only taught how they can work to make the future ‘better'(seems crazy doesn’t it?).
@dordan, I had never really thought of technology as “conquering nature”, but that is such a perfect way to put it. Technology, as incredible as it is and as helpful as it can at times be, pushes us farther and farther from nature. I agree with you completely: I think that nowadays people are raised with a very different view of happiness and what is truly important and that results in an unintentional ignorance of nature. And yes, working to make the future better does seem crazy! When you think about it, the things that create true happiness (a connection with nature, the search for knowledge, some sort of spirituality, etc) have and will never change: there is no new invention that will make happiness easier to attain. It is right there in front of us all the time. Thank you so much for your reply. Brilliantly written and so very true.