The world does not shrink to fit your perception

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Some things in life are not meant to be understood. Wonder, awe, mystery - the kinds of feelings that are great for the very fact they remain just out of comprehension.


Some things in life are not meant to be understood. Wonder, awe, mystery - the kinds of feelings that are great for the very fact they remain just out of comprehension.

'At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature,' - Henry David Thoreau, Walden.

Yet we often try to fit the world into our narrow perceptions of reality. In our quest for understanding, we seek control, order, regularity, ritual. We build walls around our beliefs to protect our worldview.

But 'man was not made so large limbed and robust...to narrow his world and wall in a space such as fitted him.' - Henry David Thoreau.

The world is not static. Nor does it shrink to fit your perception of it. Rather, it grows in size according to the degree of attention you pay.

Imagine a world where all people are and can be engaged, present, focused, captivated, compassionate. And that collective energy is directed at the things that matter - caring for the earth, and for life on earth and under water, relationships, communities, nutritious food, decent work, movement.

That is a world worth striving for, and unlike wonder and awe and mystery, it's firmly within reach. One starting point is attention, the lens through which you view the world.

The world does not shrink to fit your perception, it grows in size according to the degree of attention you pay.