This fast-paced video from the Shots of Awe series really breaks down the “contrast between banality and wonder.”
With repetition, what was once novel falls below our perception. This process desensitizes our mind mapping. Like our brains literally stop bothering to note it. It’s like you’ll notice how other people’s houses have a scent, but not your own. It made me *wonder* what stimuli or situations does my mind skirt over?
My favorite line from the clip: “We have eyes yet see not, ears that hear not, and hearts that neither feel nor understand.” Wow.
To produce awe, you have to provide your senses with something that requires you to reconfigure your mental schemas. That seems intimidating to me and hard to do…so I again wonder: is it becoming more rare?
What was the last thing that left you awe-struck?