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Looking at a Flower

The thinking and scheming that might follow within the individual from observing something remarkable is a different matter.  That comes from what is available inside and, of course, what has entered through observations of before.  Looking with the intent of being open to what is out there and allowing it to impress meaningfully, (or even irrevocably or fatally in a conceivable dramatic twist), is the brave act of making life the big adventure that it can be.  What usually prevents it from such mammoth impact is the limitation imposed by the memory that nothing much was gained when looking last time!  The ordinary outcome from unused opportunities is what makes us average, brings boredom and mediocrity.

Looking at good things does heal, feed and inspire.  But what is good to whom and when, is a series of big questions.  Learning what works for you enhances your individuality in relating to nature, but surprisingly also sometimes your similarity to some others, because this is a skill and not only a style.  Skills can be mastered by many who try; style can be original and need not be copied for better results.  And mastering the right mindset for best registering what is around you is a skill that brings reward.

The complexity of the world we live in defies our efforts at defining the human ability to understand in any narrow sense.  It is more than figuring out, making sense of or getting the hang of what is out there.  But it starts with careful observation of what is selected from the environment.  And the living part of it observes us back!  So the monkey in the zoo can deduce in its own way how to extract more peanuts from the passersby.  When Charles Spearman gave us the notion that the apprehension of a percept is a key part of intelligence, we could have pursued that line of thinking more vigorously and may have reached different conclusions or thought destinations.  We could have been a species that contemplated the flowers around us with much more respectful attention.  But every available option can still be explored by those who are yet alive, via 360˚ pioneering in n-dimensional space!

So, the flower can speak to you!  Nature allows communion among those that live by eating each other.  But so can the painting, or rather the artist through the presented message in his or her work also convey wordless significance to the viewer.  The living, whoever or whatever they are, can conspire to have a different view of life whenever the mind is applied; and they can thus share such important stuff for renewing the world they shape and which in turn shapes them.  So look again.  Look harder.

Written by Ivan Latti
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