Sunday, August 3, 2014
As I walked on, I wondered if in a strange way it was an unconscious form of self-sabotage. My thoughts tend to want to explore the things we ignore on a daily basis. We edit out these things because of the lack of importance. We ignore what we see all of the time and walk by, blinded. So I started a little game of details. Random little details on my walks, that I would note and it has had a surprising effect. It made me aware of subtle changes that happen continuously. Instead of noticing change in accumulated moments, you can see it happening constantly, becoming more aware of your environment, seasons, surroundings and a form of subtle energy that we are blind to.
We forget how we are like this oasis of life in a 'space desert'. We often get caught up in our life games created here that we forget about everything around us. Intellectually, we acknowledge where we are, see pictures from around the globe, but our limits, well, not everyone has the ability or time to explore.
How does displaced objects relate to all of this mental masturbation? Actually, it relates to my own blindness and for me, highlights where I may have a lack in my perceptive ability. Things are not always what they seem to be. Like the quote from Hesse. I am trying to see beyond seeing. To see more and to see less at the same time. Sometimes a cigar is not a cigar and at other times it is. The difference is knowing and the beginning of wisdom. Then again, I am getting older and I tend to remember riddles.
And then I take a deep breath.