Wonder: how to recover and rediscover within oneself the capacity to be amazed

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Carlos Laforet Coll
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The ability to wonder, to stop in wonder is an art that we can recover. A book explains how to do it, between philosophy and imagination, to live more fully.

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The ability to wonder, to stop in wonder is an art that we can recover. A book explains how to do it, between philosophy and imagination, to live more fully.





We have lost the sense of wonder. Yes, it's true, something still surprises us from time to time but we almost never let it touch us, that it descends inside to meet us and open us, and feel and feel again. More often, almost always, if it happens - the jolt of wonder - we stop at the aesthetics and, when possible, stop with a click, of a camera or a mobile phone, ready for the next sharing. So here's the wow! The face-wonder-surprise of Facebook or the social media on duty, given by friends and relatives. Finished there, and away.

That it is a flaw, and at the same time a real sin, is certain. Because the authentic, not superficial, sensation of wonder allows us to enter - for a few magical moments - into a state of particular connection with the Whole. Darwin wrote about an experience of him in a Brazilian forest:

"It is impossible to give an adequate idea of ​​the depth of the senses of wonder, awe and devotion that take hold of our spirit and elevate it".

Goethe, in 1829, stated that "the highest thing man can reach is wonder ..": who knows if this is really the case but - surely - wonder is an indispensable springboard for a life capable of savoring everything, to look at everything with an innocent eye that never takes anything for granted and therefore knows how to see; with a conscious heart and head.

If it seems difficult to someone, do not worry: it is an art that can be learned or, better, rediscovered within oneself. For those wishing to do so, a small book with an explanatory title will be useful: "Lessons of wonder - Journeys between philosophy and imagination" by Andrea Colamedicie Maura gancitano. Published by Tlon and Macro editions, approaches, with a clear and pleasant language, the great discoveries of philosophy and solicits visions, reflections. Inform about effects of the "spirit of the times" (which pushes us to speed, to the sprint-post-go, to meditations of half an hour or fifteen minutes that allow us to live more calmly in the frenzy of today's rhythms, in the planning of a thousand things and in the productive optimization of time) and explains Why only in the "spirit of the depths" can we rediscover the wonder: ours and that distributed all around us.



There are three warnings to follow:

  1. The first: you don't need altered states that make you high and / or eradicate from reality; “The wonder - explain the authors of the book - needs a work of grounding, of attention towards the very small things. It is an internal radar, not something to be administered ”.
  2. The second: a certain discipline is useful or - even - the same trust and dedication and commitment required by the directives given by the master Miyagi to the young Daniel (“put the wax, remove the wax, without forgetting to breathe”) in the film The Karate Kid.
  3. The third: a certain willingness to uncertainty is necessary, to pause even on what is not liked, not to seek only what reassures and comforts and consoles.

In the end, the results are visible. The wonder and the enchantment in the eyes allow - as Pablo Neruda observed - to read the fable that is inside everything; to “love life at the same time from inside and outside, bearing its weight and lightness: looking at the vastness of the world and its nonexistence, its fullness and emptiness”. And to feel, to the end, its profound Beauty.



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