Ok, sorry, third time’s a charm. Three posts in a row I’ve addressed my idiosyncratic combination of OCD and attention deficit disorder. I easily (obviously, duh) get distracted from the principle task at hand and then commend a hugely disproportionate amount of energy and resource to whatever it was that diverted my cerebrations. Today I was fixing to respond to a message from the Administrative Director of The Fleet Air Arm Officers Association (the FAA is the Naval Air Force in the UK)(for a current project) when I noticed The American Queen making for port. Oh well, at least both involve boats and water…
And at least I’m looking out the window. A recent article in the Economist (8/17/13) was entitled: “Why go outside when you have an iPhone?” Seems that “America’s national parks struggle to attract young visitors”. The piece ends with a brief interaction between the reporter and a twelve year old. Kid was waiting in line for a roller coaster ride at Dollywood. He’d visited the place four times yet had never heard of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park through and along which he’d had to drive each time.
I’m greatly interested in consciousness, its individual development and continuing evolution. I don’t think the quality or pace of either can be maximized without a bit of fresh air and a good slap from mother nature once in a while. As I’ve frequently mentioned, all this looking at life through screens of various sorts reminds me of research undertaken during the Middle Ages in Europe. Instead of going outside to investigate, say, certain wildflowers in a forest, the scholars would refer to texts written by Aristotle a thousand years prior. Others tried to turn lead into gold. The center of intellectual foment moved to the Arab world.
And regarding a slap or backhand or more from Mother Nature, think first how you would feel in the aftermath of a real thunderstorm while cowering in your basement watching the block by block TV coverage. Then recall or imagine a storm of equal ferocity experienced from inside a tent, at sea, or maybe just caught out in a nearby field. You feel alive.
Like alpinist Mark Twight once remarked about finding oneself thrive in extenuating circumstance: “It doesn’t have to be fun to be fun”.