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Layers • Posted: Aug 27, 2013 10:26:59Comments WelcomeVote CoolPhotoblogsPurchase a PrintShare

"What's underneath?" Now, that's a question worth asking.

Almost everything we see before us is surface. From those surfaces, we can deduce that there is an underlying structure of some sort, a set of relationships, some static, some dynamic, some active, and some reactive. As we begin to understanding those relationships, we can sometimes arrive at a more insightful understanding of who we are in relationship to those things before us. Are they potentially useful, something that might help sustain us or help keep us from harm? Are they something we can share? Are they something we can learn from? Or, are they something we'd be wise to neither disturb nor exploit, since doing so could very well precipitate irreversible damage to ourselves, to others, or to the environment upon which we depend?

It is a certainty we learn nothing by closing our minds to what riches and wisdom lie beneath the familiar and comforting surfaces with which we surround ourselves. Acting out the same old routines day in and day out only serves to atrophy our adaptive strengths and diminish our resourcefulness. Listening over and over again to the same messages of so called "truth" only serves to waste our time and deaden our desire to explore. The world will always be bigger and more interestingly complicated than we have ever imagined. And the only way to really see the truth before us is to peel back those ever so delicate shielding layers of opaqueness that keep us from seeing what insightful mysteries remain to be explored and understood beyond.

May you never be content with just the surface. For there is always more, so very much more.

Monday, August 5th, 2013