Sunday, December 25, 2016

Why Discovery?

I really like simple prompts.

Based on my past activity, this may not surprise you.

Purity is probably too strong of a word for it, but I do find that simple prompts have a certain elegance to them. Perhaps simple isn't quite the word I'm looking for here. A single word will almost always call a particular image or idea to mind, but if you have the right one, that initial thought will vary from person to person. And if you're really lucky, the more one thinks about it, the more things it will bring to mind.

If you'll excuse me tooting my own horn, I think "Discovery" fits firmly into that latter category.

When I first considered Discovery as my selection, I was thinking squarely in the physical realm - strolling about a new city to find its various treasures, crossing over the distant mountains to see what's on the other side, clambering aboard a ship to find lies across the ocean - but the more I sat with it, the wider I cast my net. Going bigger into the dark, empty realms of space. Or smaller into the visible deaths of atoms and their like.

Of course, even such dramatic alternatives remain trapped firmly in the realm of the corporeal. What of the many ideas. And philosophies that men and women have pondered throughout our history? The many inventions that have defined our past and present and the ones that will yet define our future? There are all manner of problems and questions that we have overcome, but they are far outnumbered by those that we have yet to solve, let alone contemplate.

Even as I mull over these few, if multifaceted, interpretations,  I know I am only scratching the surface. There are many more that I am overlooking perhaps some of them are springing to your mind, thoughts unbidden if not unwelcome.

If so, I'd love to see your interpretations. One page isn't a lot, but it's still plenty of room to explore and discover something new.

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