[incomplete] Participating in the world

May 11, 2022

I want to make some notes about, broadly speaking, “participating in the world”. This is very incomplete, and I would like to both flesh it out and expand on the points below because these things matter a lot to me.

also How can wonder transform us?, an essay about Rachel Carson, Earthsea, and wonder in general with regards to the natural world.


And of the moth that first captured my heart in a single moment of pure trembling enchantment? How could I not have known such a joyous thing existed, or that it would inspire such a sense of wonder? A sumptuous beauty in clothed in emerald velveteen that came to mind each time I closed my eyes for weeks after my first sighting.

from The Extravagant Partisanship of the Leek-Green Faction

More than any other season, winter requires a kind of metronome that ticks away its darkest beats, giving us a melody to follow into spring. The year will move on no matter what, but by paying attention to it, feeling its beat, and noticing the moments of transition—perhaps even taking time to think about what we want from the next phase in the year—we can get the measure of it.

from Wintering, by Katherine May.

also Noticing small things

Attention and Will, an essay by Simone Weil

The Pathologies of the Attention Economy and Your Attention Is Not a Resource and On Two Ways of Relating to the World and The Virtue of Noticing. All by LM Sacasas.

When you spend enough time with someone who pays close attention to something (if you were hanging out with me, it would be birds), you inevitably start to pay attention to some of the same things. I’ve also learned that patterns of attention — what we choose to notice and what we do not — are how we render reality for ourselves, and thus have a direct bearing on what we feel is possible at any given time. These aspects, taken together, suggest to me the revolutionary potential of taking back our attention.

from Jenny Odell’s book

also see Mary Oliver’s The Summer Day:

I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass, how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields, which is what I have been doing all day. Tell me, what else should I have done? Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon? Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?

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