• reflections •

• 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.
“Okay.”
“What do you see?”
“Me,” says he.
“Nope.”
“Huh?”
“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
3/30/13

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