I have a friend who loves animals. If we’re out together she’s the first to notice the dog walking with its owner, the squirrel hiding behind the tree or the swans gliding along the lake.
Whatever the animal, she usually goes all giddy with child-like giggles of glee at the sight of it. A comment on a particular characteristic like how floppy its ears are or how tiny it is usually follows.
It’s one of the things I like about her. Despite seeing dogs, squirrels and swans many times she still retains that sense of wonder about them. She still looks with a kind of awe at, to her at least, their cuteness.
As people age they tend to lose their sense of wonder in the world. They get bogged down by modern life, trying to make ends meet or are too concerned with rising up the socioeconomic ladder to care.
They are trapped in the man-made system. That is their world.
The wider world is full of unanswered questions, some of which will never be answered. Especially the existential ones.
How did we get here? Why are we here? What was here before us? Where does the Universe end?
Think long and hard about the answers to these questions and you may go a little mad. Or if you’re an atheist you may realize that you can’t categorically say there is no God.
We think we are evolved but in reality our senses and intelligence are still at a primal level. Our generation thinks it knows everything much like the generations before us.
In reality we know very little. Instead we make incremental steps from generation to generation.
You need to revitalize your sense of wonder in the world.
Consider the brain inside your head. It is the most complex object we have found in the entire Universe. It powers your thoughts, interprets sight, controls your breathing, heart rate and so on.
Science still doesn’t understand how it works. Neuroscientists continue to make new discoveries but in terms of complete understanding of how it works? We are not even close.
Consider planet Earth. Why is its position from the sun perfect to create life? Any further away and it would create an artic sheet around it.
It’s assumed that trees and plants couldn’t communicate with each other. New research is coming to light that they do.
95% of the Earth’s oceans have not been explored. What is down there?
You see what I’m getting at?
Instead of looking at the world from the social constructs you’re apart of consider the bigger picture.
Living in this body on this planet is nothing short of amazing. You have to constantly remind yourself of that.
Develop and interest and a wonder in the unknown. Go searching for answers or develop your personal philosophy around the important questions.
Carl Sagan once said, “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known” and he is right!
Go find it out.