Give your awe a chance

Wonder is the heaviest element on the periodic table. Even a tiny fleck of it stops time.*
Diane Ackerman

Curation is the ultimate way of transforming noise into meaning.**
Rohit Bhargava

Through awe, we
shrink and
the world becomes
Awe can be tripped by many
different things –
LARGE and small – from
the natural world to
human ideas and inventions.
Here are three benefits proffered by Jonah Paquette:
Among the different ideas that have been proposed, three explanations stand out today: awe strengthens our social bonds, makes us kinder and more generous to others, and fosters a sense of curiosity about our world.*
The trouble is, our opportunities for awe
are reducing.
Robert Marfarlane shares the findings of a report that
between 1970 and 2010, the area in which British children were permitted to play unsupervised shrank by 90 per cent. The proportion of children regularly playing in ‘wild’ places fell from one in two to one in ten.^
Perhaps a useful option,
Alongside all the fancy New Year resolutions, is to
take a slow walk more often –
We’ll not know where they lead until we
venture out.

*Jonah Paquette’s Awestruck;
**Rohit Bhargava’s Non Obvious 2019;
^Robert Macfarlane’s Landmarks.

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