don't close your eyes!
author vladimir nabokov will best be know for his novels ‘pale fire’ and ‘lolita’, but even deeper than the initial respect for his writings and word craft is the interest in the way he loved to place a deeper level hidden inside his body of works.
this russian born writer was obsessed with codes and ciphers and was known to put acrostics, number games, and even anagrams hidden in almost all his writings. when questioned why he put so many hidden meanings and messages that both puzzled and lured many readers he responded by exclaiming that (paraphrased) ‘‘the thrill of discovery was one of the miraculous things that life had to offer.’
i am on the constant search of wonder, i feel in a way that technology and the internet has alleviated the need for mankind, or perhaps our generation and those generations to come, to explore. instead of traveling around the world we now can look on wikipedia to break down the city, then watch a youtube segment from a first hand experience, then turn on the cooking channel to get a rough idea of the food in that area. without leaving a 2 foot radius.
‘this world, after all our science and sciences, is still a miracle; wonderful, inscrutable, magical and more, to whosoever will think of it.’
i believe it is time that we begin to take back our child like need of wonder and amazement, we need to embrace the thrill of not only self discovery but discovery in general. i am not insinuating that we should become park rangers or naturalists but i do feel strongly that we need to go out and actually explore this great world, with all its wonder and mystery innately attached.