My second favorite state to be in after love is “wonder.” Whenever I find someone or something that defines the word wonder I will continue to post them here in my series of wonder. Here is my fourth one.
This is a paragraph from Krista Tippett’s book Einstein’s God which Einstein wrote.
“The fairest thing we experience is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. He who knows it not and can no longer wonder, no longer feel amazement, is as good as dead. A snuffed-out candle. It was the experience of mystery, even if mixed with fear, that engendered religion. A knowledge of the existence of something we cannot penetrate, of the manifestations of the profoundest reason and the most radiant beauty. It is this knowledge and this emotion that constitute the truly religious attitude. In this sense, and in this alone, l am deeply a religious man.”
Einstein states that we are dead if we can’t no longer wonder. I have noticed that not many people my age wonder, in other words many of them are dead. The conventional notion is that wonder is something for an infant and for an adult we think or we ignore because we know too much. For example an infant is amazed by how the moon shines at night and they incessantly gaze at the night sky for minutes and even hours. For adults we had this aha moment in our science class that the moon gets its radiance from the sunlight and from that point on we never feel amazed nor made eye contact with the moon for more than a minute.
The power of wonder is that it makes my world a more spacious place. By wondering I make room for learning, for understanding, for empathy, a room for a chance to grow both emotionally and intellectually and even spiritually.
We are free to wonder and feel amazed. Also we have all the time to gaze at the moon for minutes and hours.