“Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand.” Neil Armstrong
Orchard Fog and Sun ©Suzanne Lorenz 2009
I’ve always been fascinated by the mysterious. I love mystery stories, books, photographs, movies and people. I loved Bible stories when I was a child. How did the water turn to wine? How did Lazarus come back to life? What in the world was Revelations really saying?
As an adult I still love the mystic qualities of spirituality, art, music and the ethereal. I love engaging in the mysterious potential and challenge of trying to understand the obscure. When I don’t know something, my curiosity is engaged, my interest peaks. When I start to read a book or look at a movie, I like the attentiveness that my mind and senses are engaged in. What will happen on the next page, the next frame? As a hiker in nature, I’m drawn to what’s just past that curve, beyond that hill. As a social scientist, I never tire in knowing what causes someone to make that life decision, come to that conclusion that has them crushed or unhappy or abundant or free?
Petroglyphs @ Ginko Petrified Forest State Park,Vantage, Wa.
©Suzanne Lorenz 2015
Of course, the magical has its shadow side. I want to know things I can’t know. What is in the future? What is in the past? (What do those petroglyphs mean?) What is death like? How will a stressful situation be solved or an abusive action be explained? How did Trump get elected? How does the Divine work? What is beauty? No matter how curious, I can’t always know the answers.
Books, movies, magicians, the sciences, religion are sometimes a welcome relief to this impossible not knowing. We count on them to find the answers, solve the puzzle. I count on that predictability to sooth my anxieties and calm my fears.
Ocean Fog ©Suzanne Lorenz 2016
“Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1
This is the first part of a 3 part series. As always, I would love to hear or read your feedback.