• reflections •
“The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and think this to be normal is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be.”
― Douglas Adams
I was thinking about this quote as I called the boy to come have a look at something. There is a mirror in the hall.
“Have a look in the mirror,” I say.
“What do you see?”
“Me,” says he.
“You have seen yourself in the mirror many times, and you think that’s what you look like, but it’s NOT your face – as the rest of the world sees it. That’s you in reverse.”
I hold up a second mirror.
“Look at the reflection of the reflection. Can you see it?”
He looks. He nods. He does a ‘double-take’. His jaw drops, a bit.
“That’s what you look like.”
He looks away from his reflections.
He reflects on this. Then:
“I’m gonna go sit in my room and stare at a wall now…and re-think EVERYTHING,” he says.
And he does.
(I think I heard the needle ‘skip’ on his mental turntable, and now he may have a terrible scratch on his life’s LP. And he doesn’t even know what a ‘record’ is, let alone a record player, poor little guy! Heh! Whadda gonna do? We see what we see.)
Which reminds me of another Douglas Adams quote: “I’ve come up with a set of rules that describe our reactions to technologies:
1. Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works.
2. Anything that’s invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it.
3. Anything invented after you’re thirty-five is against the natural order of things.”
I love being a parent. It’s fun, watching them grow. What will THEY think of, next? You never know.
~ Tim Burchfield