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A Universe of Wonders to Behold...

Okay, two links to the same site in two days is a bit much, but actually, this article made me cry a little.  I spend so much of my time wrapped up in the study of the past, occasionally I forget to look up and see how amazing this world truly is.  After Avatar came out, I heard about people who were actually depressed because Pandora didn't exist, and they wanted to go there.  I think it's really, really important to remember that no fictional world, no, not even the fictional universe in Firefly, can measure up to the incredible world we walk through every day.

Yes, sometimes it doesn't seem like this world is that cool - we know it, and it's just everyday for us.  So we imagine a world with magical stand-ins for Native Americans, where we can be one with brightly-coloured flying horse-things, and magic air jellyfish.  Or we pretend we're defending the universe Wild, Wild West, with laser guns and cool clothes.  I know, I pretend to be in another world on a regular basis.  The thing we have is never as amazing as the thing we don't have, and can't get.

But look at the images in that article.  Damn.  This world is literally awesome, and we should remember to regard it with the proper awe and delight that it deserves sometimes.

Let's let James Cameron keep Pandora.  I'll take science over magic any day.

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sugar_for_sugar
Nov. 16th, 2012 03:29 am (UTC)
I actually totally see both sides of this one.

I mean, on the force of sheer prettiness and cool stuff that happens and sweet animals and whatever, the world we live in is just as neat as the neat worlds we can come up with in our heads. I've seen landscapes that made me gasp aloud. And almost any square mile of ocean has stuff in it that would blow any film maker's mind.

Buuuut, I think the people who are like "aw, the world sucks because it's not as great as that planet" and think that like the tall blue aliens are their spirit animals or whatever are probably not in touch with enough of the stuff that makes life on this planet worthwhile, which at the end of the day is more about love and community, and really doesn't have much to do with how swank the rocks and butterflies and microbes are.

Long before I ever heard of any James Cameron, I was looking out my window wishing a unicorn was going to come and take me to a magical land, the place I really belong. Part of me still kind of wishes it would, and if a unicorn showed up and gave me that choice? Even now, I don't think I'd pick here if I thought I had a chance of acceptance there. And my vision of Otherworld has always been a sort of place that includes plenty to be afraid of, too.

What I guess I mean is, the world may well have an atmosphere made of pure vaporized wonderment, but that doesn't mean much when you don't feel you have a place in it.
attack_laurel
Nov. 16th, 2012 06:54 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry you don't feel you have a place. I used to look for Narnia in every old wardrobe I found, but now, coming up on 43, I wouldn't leave this place even if I found the right wardrobe. Sometimes it takes time to find yourself. Or to find the right place.
sugar_for_sugar
Nov. 16th, 2012 10:04 pm (UTC)
*big hugs* Thanks. I will, eventually. At least now, I have something I grew up without, which is the knowledge that that IS something I can create for myself, and that I deserve to. That's powerful.
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brickhousewench
Nov. 16th, 2012 04:03 am (UTC)
True. You really do have to remember to look.

This morning I was stuck in traffic and cursing it. Then I looked out the window. Just in time to catch two hawks swooping into the treeline next to the highway. I got to watch them for about 30 seconds, and it turned my whole morning around.
marymont
Nov. 16th, 2012 08:05 am (UTC)
Excellent post. Thank you!
jillwheezul
Nov. 16th, 2012 03:45 pm (UTC)
Brilliant.
tudorlady
Nov. 17th, 2012 04:16 am (UTC)
I totally, totally get this. Fantasy is for amateurs.
hederaivy
Nov. 18th, 2012 02:11 am (UTC)
Gosh, I hope you're not calling Sir Terry an amateur, cuz them thar would be fightin' words!
attack_laurel
Nov. 20th, 2012 11:33 pm (UTC)
Heh. I know what you mean. :)
hederaivy
Nov. 18th, 2012 02:12 am (UTC)
My personal reality awesome this week has been murmurations. Starlings, for as messy and raucous as they are, have got that whole "let's be pretty while we fly" thing down well.
attack_laurel
Nov. 20th, 2012 11:37 pm (UTC)
They're around our place, too. I saw the first big flock a couple of days ago. I love to go outside when they're flying over, and listen to them. It's glorious.
hederaivy
Nov. 20th, 2012 11:54 pm (UTC)
You do that with an umbrella, right? I got pooped on a few times back in Holland before I learned to put my brolly up at dusk. (I usually had one with me, anyway because if it wasn't raining at the time, it would be soon, no matter the season.)
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