“The conscious mind seems to block that feeling of oneness so we can function efficiently, maneuver in the world a little bit better, get our taxes done on time.”
I like this quote because it gives a little insight onto the human nature of thinking about “just you.” We focus on ourselves in our daily lives, for the most part, making our selves our own top priority. We have friends and family that we care about and this doesn’t necessarily apply to them but when you meet a stranger or you see someone on the street, for the most part, people don’t care. We loose a feeling of connection with other people. There’s no empathy. I don’t necessarily think this is a good or a bad thing, but that’s the way it is. But to be a good writer, you have to be able to put yourself in other people’s shoes. You have to be able to think what they’re thinking and feel what they’re feeling so you can express it on paper. And that for the most part, with most people; is lost. I think to bring it back all you have to do is care.
“But it’s even possible to have this feeling when you see - really see – a police officer, when you look right at him and you see that he’s a living breathing person who like everyone else is suffering like a son of a bitch, and you don’t see him with a transparency over him of all the images of violence and chaos and danger that cops represent. You accept him as an equal.”
I like this quote because it’s a continuation of the last quote. “To look tenderly and with recognition (of life, living, breathing, own agenda).” You can do this when you look at anything really. The author explains how it’s easy to look at certain things in this manner; your baby, a cute animal, something of that sort, and feel connected. But it’s a lot harder to do it with other things. And that’s where we loose our sense of caring and become apathetic. We have to look at something and actually try to see them for what they are. Think about what they’re going through and how they’re feeling. It might not come naturally, especially if it’s not someone you know or care about. You have to do it purposely and want to do it. If you do that, you’ll start to see more than meets the eye. You’ll realize that’s more than some random person. That’s someone’s father, mother, son, daughter, friend, etc. You’ll realize they have their own life and their own story. You’ll realize they’re a person just like you, and you’ll feel connected. I like this because I’ve always been a strong believer on looking at people for more than the obvious, to try to put yourself in their shoes. I know everyone has their own personal story, and I could never know it by just looking, but just realizing they a person has their own story and problems goes a long way in itself.
“There is ecstasy in paying attention.”
I like this quote because it reminds me a lot of the art class I’m taking. Art 1000C: the Creative Process. The class is all about experiencing things rather than just viewing or hearing them. To experience everything (it almost makes me think of being on drugs-which I don’t do I might add) takes everything to a different level. There’s a difference between simply going to dinner and simply eating and experiencing it all. It’s something else to really feel the music in the restaurant, the décor, the mood, to really smell the smell and to really taste the food. It definitely does make it a completely different experience, possibly bringing you to ecstasy.