Finding something can mean “rescuing it from oblivion,” he mused, which is a “kind of noble act. […] You’ll never know unless you take a look.”*
(Rob Walker and Davy Rothbart)
When you get past making labels for things, it is possible to combine and transform elements into new things. Look at the thing util their import, identity, are, use, and description have dissolved.**
Davy Rothbart may be referring to the detritus others pass by and Corita Kent pondering what lies beneath the labels we give things but their words work even better for people. Finding the hidden treasure that exist in all people. Treasure they may not even know exists themselves.
It’s hard to look beyond old labels and descriptions, but once we do and discover what has been hidden and unknown, we also find persons of new possibility.
(*Davy Rothbart, quoted in Rob Walker’s The Art of Noticing.)
(**From Corita Kent and Jan Snowden’s Learning by Heart.)