wildly ocellating

‘perhaps the wild ones among us are our only hope in calling us back to our true nature’*

“If I were to wish for anything I should not wish for wealth or power, but for the passionate sense of what can be, for the eye which ever young and ardent sees the possible.”**

Perhaps it’s more about being called forward to our true nature – what we can become.  How often have we thought, I can do better than this.

Seth Godin tells me the word “ocellate” means eyelike.  In another place Godin writes:

‘Once you break the components down you can put them together into something brand new.’^

This is real alchemy: solve et coagula.

Rebecca Solnit states that the fossil evidence for hominids shows, when it came to brain development or walking upright:

‘Walking came first.’^^

I can only begin to imagine what walking made possible for seeing and brain development.

Jonah Lehrer writes about Paul Cezanne’s contribution to what we know about how the brain and eyes interact, how there are ten more connections going from the brain to the eyes than the eyes to the brain:

‘We make our eyes lie.’*^

There’s a blind spot at the centre of our seeing and the brain fills in the missing information:

‘But we are blind to our own blind spot: our brain unfailingly registers a seamless world.’*^

It’s only a metaphor for seeing wildly, the possibilities of the future being there for us to imagine, but I wonder what is out there for those who bring their thinking, seeing, and walking together.

Bernadette Jiwa highlights the growth of “in-ground traffic lights” for pedestrians who’re getting run over because they’re not looking up from their smart phones.  We trust too much in our technology, when maybe getting out there walking, seeing, and thinking will open up more:

‘We’re getting worse at looking where we’re going at every turn. […] Technology is hijacking our minds.  As a result we’re seeing less and missing more.  We’re throwing away the chance to think and reflect.’^*

(*Joel Mckerrow, quoted in the Northumbria Community‘s Morning Prayer.)
(**Soren Kierkegaard, quoted in benjamins and Rosamand Zander’s The Art of Possibility.)
(^From Seth Godin’s Whatcha Gonna Do With That Duck?)

(^^From Rebecca Solnit’s Wanderlust.)
(*^From Jonah Lehrer’s Proust was a Neuroscientist.)
(^*From Bernadette Jiwa’s Hunch.)

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