I love the way astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson presents information with humor, while advocating we maintain a sense of wonder. Most of our experiences are new when we are children, so the wonder is always there. It gets harder to find as a grownup.
I read an article today about a speech he gave recently. A six year old boy asked the question, “What’s the meaning of life?” So Dr. Tyson responded, “I think people ask that question on the assumption that meaning is something you can look for, and then, ‘Oh, I found it! Here’s the meaning, here’s what it is.’ And it doesn’t consider the possibility that maybe meaning in life is something that you create, that you manufacture for yourself and others.” He continued, “When I think of “meaning in life,” I ask, “Have I learned something today that I didn’t know yesterday? Bringing me a little closer to all that can be known in the universe. Just a little closer, however far away all the knowledge sits.”
Years ago, I was coming back from an art exhibit and a song by Van Morrison came on the radio. The name was “Sense of Wonder.” The arrangement of that song, his voice, and background vocals captured perfectly the feeling of those words. I went out and bought the CD (by the same name). I listened to it just today, and the artistry comes across as brilliantly as the first time I heard it.
Lately, rather than sticking with one art piece until I’m finished with it, I’ve been working on a few things at the same time. Sometimes I’ll put one aside, so I can ruminate on it a little till I decide what direction to go. And, I’ve dragged out some that I started some time ago, to see what new ideas I can come up with for them.
A small piece using a variety of materials. Still in progress.
A small acrylic on paper.
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
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