Click the thumbnails and let your imagination run wild, while watching these nigella pictures full scale …

Awe is everywhere.

Even in noise
Sometimes in chaos.

But we have to start from somewhere.
That somewhere for many of us
lies in beauty and silence.

Science did not reduce
awe or inspiration.
It enlarged it.
Providing means to see
with different eyes and ears
and with completely new sensors …

Bringing more seeds
for awe
and inspiration.

Technology provides the means
to create always better sensors
and the communication devices
to share this awe

on an ever increasing scale.

And yes,
science reduced
the correctness
of some words,
jotted down
by human beings
during earth’s written history.

Those attached to those words,
Reducing their interpretation
to just one concrete tombstone
are paradoxically doomed
to lose all awe and insight,
provided by them.

Awe and insight by and through the words
awakened by ever new interpretations
in those who really love literature
and see it come alive before their own eyes
in the most individual expression of imagination.

Imagination is the golden flower of the mental world
where the brain becomes a sixth organ of perception,
creating new worlds out of nothing
thus possibly inspiring many others
when transferring the product

of Thought!

Pictures by bvdb (whoisbert) january 2014 – @home – Canon Ixus HS230 – IMG_5480-5483-5484-5485


18 thoughts on “imagination

  1. Sublime combination of images and word! I like Nigella: I “grow” it in our garden or better let it grow. It’s own of those wild plants I consider beautiful, in particular because of those seed pods.

    As for science and awe, I cannot resist adding one of my favorite Richard Feynman quotes (though there is a chance I might have dropped it already somewhere on your blog… I forgot on whose blog I have used it in a comment… ):

    “Poets say science takes away from the beauty of the stars—mere globs of gas atoms. Nothing is “mere.” I too can see the stars on a desert night, and feel them. But do I see less or more? The vastness of the heavens stretches my imagination—stuck on this carousel my little eye can catch one-million-year-old light. A vast pattern—of which I am a part—perhaps my stuff was belched from some forgotten star, as one is belching there. Or see them with the greater eye of Palomar, rushing all apart from some common starting point when they were perhaps all together. What is the pattern, or the meaning, or the why? It does not do harm to the mystery to know a little about it. For far more marvelous is the truth than any artists of the past imagined! Why do the poets of the present not speak of it? What men are poets who can speak of Jupiter if he were like a man, but if he is an immense spinning sphere of methane and ammonia must be silent?”

    (Footnote in Vol 1, 3-4 of Feynman Physics Lectures)

    • Nigella is one of those flowers which don’t need any care to grow. Even after weeding it out, it comes back 🙂 I learned to appreciate it, while in the beginning I didn’t.

      Thanks for adding this Feynman quote to this blog.

      Science itself is neutral. Most scientists carry opinions, just like I do. A problem, not only of present days, is that some people, most of them not scientists, believe in science and technology.

      A “belief in science” is a contradictio in terminis.
      Adhering to empirical research might perhaps be a better way of understanding (the physical) reality …

      I don’t see (m)any touching point(s) between science and spirituality. Two realities that should mutually respect, and certainly don’t exclude each other. Awe for awesome discoveries in physics, and why not formulas, is still the same awe as any awe for unknown beauty. I cannot imagine a passionate physicist without a regular dose of awe for findings in her profession.

    • difficult to say, because there is no word with exactly the same meaning 🙂 perhaps ‘verwondering’ comes closest something that google translates as ‘marvel’, but then marvel is different from awe in my brain, and also different from ‘verwondering’ … I think awe is quite neutral: awesome and awful are both created from it.
      In awe I see an immensity that makes me part of some grander Universe — wheter to marvel about that, to be in fear of this greatness or to feel reverence, all seem to be contained in the word awe, for me. Perhaps I should add it to bert’s dictionnary 🙂

        • “perhaps …. “, (said mental mind, who cannot see awareness)
          YES, said nobody, when mind was quiet
          “then” mind continued “beauty provokes me to be silent, cause I can’t find a matching concept — and at that moment of awe, awe-areness reveals itself. Not to me (mental mind) cause I cease to exist at that moment. Then to whom? To itself, cause at that moment of awe, the awe is the only consciousness.”
          (my mother tongue was a dutch dialect in the flemish region or a flemish dialect of dutch. Flemish is the adjective of the region in belgium where dutch is the first language)

  2. did you know that the word “authorize” was not even used, in English, until the 16th century? just ask Google, he’ll tell you. a lovely post, poem, pictures and an assignment …. ty for keeping a girl busy!

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