|Illustration by Gabriel Pacheco.|
Let us not be content with the ordinary, the too-familiar, the comfortably common. Let us venture a bit further afield, either in our minds or our steps, to places not-quite-known. Let us befriend the strange.
Firstly, I believe on some level that it is ALL a mystery. What do we really know? How little of what does or may exist have we actually encountered and how much remains beyond the edge of our acquaintance? Most, that is the answer.
Even within ourselves are caverns, craters of immeasurable depths. We ourselves are as the ocean, of which less than 5% has been explored. Think of it! On a day when we feel at the high end of Smarty Pants-osity, we are actually rather short of the mark, not because we are lacking but because there is so much that remains, for now, unknowable or unseen, unimagined or, at the very least, rare. Which is, you ought not to be surprised, the good news. So much to discover. The time of explorers is not behind us, don't let the history books fool you. Just this month researchers learned there are four species of giraffes, not only one as had been assumed. What other secrets are hiding in plain sight?
Mr. Kesey (of the quote above) was not one to accept much at face value, certainly not to accept it as promoted by the establishment. I hope this doesn't tilt your planet too severely, but they don't always tell us the truth and they don't always know the answer. In addition to existing mysteries, we have the power to fashion our own, to weave stories and paint pictures in which unknowns comfortably lurk.
All the most choice bits are not necessarily sitting under spotlights in display cases or showroom windows. They may have burrowed in at the bottom of the Mariana Trench or could be skulking and incognito just about anywhere. They hide within human hearts and keep life fresh with their occasional, often startling revelations. Attend well. Allow the world to surprise you, baffle you, and ultimately charm you. It is waiting to do just that.