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wonder at nature is rare because it takes vulnerability


icon: "plant magic (a photo of pink tree buds with a forest in the background, taken early spring)"


A deep feeling of wonder at nature is not common and not something many people want to enter into on purpose (though they might if they are high on romance or drugs or something). It takes a level of willingness to be vulnerable, because wonder is associated with children and those deemed 'mentally deficient.' Most people just don't believe that a rock is or should ever be an emotionally-relevant object in its own right, and out of those who do believe, they're usually not willing to explore that. Most of the photos you see of people at places like the grand canyon are not of people feeling awe. They aren't really even noticing. They're just like "I'm in a place that has high status! look at me!" or maybe "this makes a great backdrop for my hike" or even "this is aesthetically appealing." But actually being emotionally moved? it's rare, and for me it is incredibly important.

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song_of_copper ══╣Miaow! =^.^=╠══
Yes, and to feel awe of that kind implies that you acknowledge your own smallness and fragility. A rock might be millions of years old and will probably continue to exist long after you-the-individual has ceased to be. Plants have complexities going on that we humans barely notice, let alone understand. And we rely totally on nature, are enmeshed in it, are not higher than it but subject to it.

I think we often prevent ourselves from feeling naturally-arising awe by pre-empting it too much. (I know I've visited 'important sites' and felt nothing much, despite thinking I ought to feel something... guide book syndrome?) But on other occasions, when I wasn't expecting to feel awe and wasn't gearing myself up for something of the kind, the feeling has overwhelmed me in an unpredictable, private way.
belenen ══╣analytical╠══
*nodnod* I get what you are saying about pre-empting awe. Expectations can crush such delicate things as wonder.
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