#60: So deeply immersed in the world

Kimchi love, forests of protest, fancy celery, putting things off, etc.


Lovely Linky Bits

Thoughtful reads and so forth.

The Blind Traveler
“Holman had little choice but to pay greater attention to his surroundings. Where a sighted person might quickly charge up a mountain trail, Holman had to advance cautiously, focusing on details that sighted people might not think twice about: ankle-busting roots, the sound of dirt crumbling beneath his shoes, the rasp of pebbles sliding down a nearby precipice. To navigate, Holman had to listen to the blanket of silence unique to the loneliest mountaintops, had to deliberately smell the perfume of alpine forests. These sensations came together to paint scenes in the mind’s eye. Sherlock Holmes nailed it when he said, ‘The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes.’ Holman couldn’t see, but he observed them.”

“Philosophers are interested in procrastination for another reason. It’s a powerful example of what the Greeks called akrasia—doing something against one’s own better judgment. Piers Steel defines procrastination as willingly deferring something even though you expect the delay to make you worse off. In other words, if you’re simply saying ‘Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die,’ you’re not really procrastinating. Knowingly delaying because you think that’s the most efficient use of your time doesn’t count, either. The essence of procrastination lies in not doing what you think you should be doing, a mental contortion that surely accounts for the great psychic toll the habit takes on people.”

What Makes Life Worth Living?
“No child asks itself that question. To children life is self-evident. Life goes without saying: whether it is good or bad makes no difference. This is because children don’t see the world, don’t observe the world, don’t contemplate the world, but are so deeply immersed in the world that they don’t distinguish between it and their own selves. Not until that happens, until a distance appears between what they are and what the world is, does the question arise: what makes life worth living?”

Curiosities & Delights

Some things to be glad about.

Portraits of Jupiter.
A visual history of lunchboxes.
The lonely lamps gallery.
Postcard as tiny museum.
Making the earth great again with forests of protest.
There was a time when celery was fancy.
The oldest written language gets a dictionary.
Weird bursts from space.
Here’s an ancient tree stump staircase.
And a list of 101 things learned by Christie’s.

Moving Pictures

Video treats upon which to press play.

When kimchi is love, and love is kimchi.
The (almost) invisible squid.
The building of a spider web.
Rochester’s museum of play.
And young Callum’s curious sculptures.