"There are things you do because they feel right and they make no sense and they make you no money
and it may be the real reason we are here: to love each other and to eat each other's cooking and say it was good."
This poster hangs in the kitchen of our Muzoola hosts; simply and casually summing up my own brain's futile attempts at capturing my travel epiphanies via the blogosphere. This trip is about loving other people, eating great food, sharing good music and learning from those who have knowledge in activities that I hope to embellish on in my own life.
I've been reading a few passages that have struck a chord with me, and I'd love to share them with you.The first one is an excerpt from the book "Sixth Sense of Animals" by Maurice Burton. Carlisle found this book for free in Bismarck, ND at Cafe Aroma.
I came upon this passage at a time when I was struggling with how exactly to capture all the views, the mountain tops and the valleys, the sunrises and sets, the majestic horses and the warm people. How do you explain to somebody else about these experiences? These experiences that are our own, that sometimes we even recall in a muddled light. While he is generally referring to the senses of animals, I still found a common thread to relate to my own life.
"The statement that there are five senses, touch, taste, smell, sight, and hearing, was sufficient until about the year 1940. There was, however, always the lurking suspicion that there might be a sixth sense, although nobody had any clear ideas about what this might be. This sixth sense was always vague and indefinable and came rather to express a means of communication that could not be linked with the five primary senses. Today it is not just a question of whether or not there is a sixth sense, but of just exactly how many additional senses there are [...]
For example, it used to be said, and for that matter still is said, that the eye works like a camera. So far as basic principles are concerned this is still true, yet there are important qualifications to be made. In a camera, the light from the object being photographed passes through the lens and falls on a sensitized film. There it is recorded permanently. In the eye, light passes through a lens and falls on a sensitive layer, the retina, which makes no permanent record. Instead the energy represented by the light waves passes through the optic nerve to the brain where something of the nature of a permanent record is made, which can be examined (that is, recalled) with the aid of memory. There will, however, be a considerable difference between the image of the object recalled by even the best memory and the image preserved on photographic film, which is why eye-witness testimony must be used with extreme caution.
On their way from the outside world to the retina the light waves are modified by accessory structures such as the pupil of the eye and the lens. Some energy is filtered, and from the moment the light waves reach the eye information is being selected from the bewildering array that is bombarding it.
A traditional remark is "seeing is believing." In the light of what has been said even that, seemingly, so firmly beyond dispute, must now be taken cautiously. Those who make a specialist study of the conscious control of the body maintain emphatically that we cannot trust our senses, a view more closely in accord with modern scientific advances. When we are dealing with animal senses we have to proceed even more cautiously. One of the revolutions of the past half-century is that, whereas it used to be assumed that the only world was the one bounded by the limits of our senses, we now realize that there are sensory worlds outside our own, some of them almost unbelievable.
There are sights, sounds and smells beyond our ability to perceive although we know they exist, and these frontiers are continually being pushed back further. It has long been known that a dogs' ability to pick up odours is far keener than our own, that cats can see in the dark, that some owls can hear the faint rustling of mice in leaf litter, that a bee can find its way home if taken a mile from the hive and released, but the full extent of this greater sensitivity of the senses could not be appreciated until appropriate techniques had been devised for probing and testing them. In a similar way, animal sensory abilities could not be fully interpreted or explored until appropriate techniques, often devised for entirely different purposes, had been elaborated" (p 2-4).
These images that I have captured via camera, will never again be lived in this present reality of ours. My photographic memory of these images, will evolve and change...and the feelings, I'm pretty positive those will continue to grow and flourish when I bring these memories home.
"Magic is real"