Does anything in this life amaze you?

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  1. dark rosaleen

    dark rosaleen Senior Registered

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    Not the Martian lander-type stuff that would amaze almost anybody, but everyday things 21st century people take for granted.
    I've been in this life over thirty years, and little stuff still blows me away.
    Like grocery stores--I can't walk into one without amazement at the quantity and variety of food.
    And libraries. So many books! It's as if the concepts of abundance and choice are foreign to me.
    And just for some silliness, I still think paper towels are a wonderful invention.
    :thumbsup:
    Am I the only one, or does anybody else look at a commonplace item and think, "This is great!"?
     
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    Libellule Iridescent Insect

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    I do that, too, sometimes. It's almost as if I'm seeing certain things through other people's eyes. Like your example, the grocery store: I'll think something like, "Wow... people in Africa would just be blown away by this." Know what I mean? It's like I see the amazing in the commonplace because I'm looking at it through a different lens... a lens other than that of a modern woman from an affluent part of the world. I don't know where that comes from, though...

    Lib
     
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    The internet amazes me ....without it, I would still think I was nuts! :):)
     
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    I am amazed by a lot of things! :D

    Garbage disposal!!! I've never seen one of those where i was born!
    Drive-thru banks!!! In my country you have to go inside the bank to pay your bills, make deposit, withdrawls...And get in the line! What a waste of time!
    You've got to love America! :D

    So many things!!! I get amazed but small stuff too... Like a mirror... I love mirrors!!! :D
    Toilet paper, toothpaste, hair gel...

    Cameras! It is increadible to me that you can take pictures of whatever and whoever you want and keep them for years and look at them later and remember that exact moment they were taken, etc... It really amazes me... Same thing with camcorders! Computers!

    Airplanes!!! Think about it! That big piece of metal that holds hundreds of people in the air!

    Food!!! People eat different kind of foods all over the world but if you thing about it, it is all the same but cooked in different ways...

    That is just the beginning for me... I could spend hours typing everything that amazes me in life, from everyday things that we take for granted to big things that exist and we don't really pay attention to... :rolleyes:

    Very interesting thread! :thumbsup:
     
  5. Susie

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    What a great thread! I am amazed by the volume of informtion out there on spirituality, information that was not available to us even ten or twenty years ago. I love weeding through bookstores and seeing who is just the "pop/new age" spiritual writer and which writers base their information on ancient texts and clinical work. I stay away from New Age writers as a rule, go more for those who study their subject thorugh and through.

    Life itself is really an amazing thing!
     
  6. Karoliina

    Karoliina Moderator Emerita

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    I often start to think about how everything has started from a scracth. For example if I'm in the city centre in a café looking at people, buildings and everything. It gets almost too overwhelming to think about where did all this come from? Where did we get all the knowledge and skills?

    And then I'll get sad of course.. Because we are destroying everything beautiful with this crazy consuming and polluting in the Western countries.

    Karoliina
     
  7. Chelle

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    Something that amazes me is that despite how much the world around us changes and technology advances, people still remain the same. Both the good traits and the bad. :) The more things change the more they stay the same. ;)
     
  8. curious_girl

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    Intellectual, spiritual and emotional freedom.
    No more strict Victorian morality.
    Jipieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

    The Victorian times were so tight,
    so much was not done, so much was forbidden,
    you could only allow yourself some freedom
    if you decided not to fit in.
    I needed my freedom back then,
    I needed to travel, to rove about.
    But strangely enough the Victorian morality
    became a part of me.
    There was always doubt and guilt
    somewhere deep within.
    It was impossible to free my heart.

    My past life self is still amazed.
    By all this freedom.
    Especially for women.
    Women rights were still an anarchistic thing
    in the 1890s :D

    In this life I feel less ignorant than in my previous lives.
    I can finally expand my inner horizons.
    And I don't have to carry this burden of honor & guilt anymore.
    What a luck and what a relief.

    Curious Girl.
     
  9. Ailish

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    Babies amaze me! :D No matter how many newborns I see...I am fascinated by their perfection ;)

    Flowers...from the first little bud, to the last withered petal...the transformation is beautiful.

    The ocean! I grew up next to the ocean and could spend hours looking through the tidepools for starfish and crabs, digging for clams, hunting for seashells, sand dollars, sea glass and other treasures the sea gave up.

    As for modern conventions...I suppose microwaves fascinate me...even though I've had one my whole life. It still surprises me how quickly you can make a roast...lol. Oh...and dishwashers...whoever thought that up was brilliant in my book ;)


    Ailish
     
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    Music technology will never cease to amaze me...

    Paramedics... What they do is amazing.

    The relationship siblings have, twins more so. One minute you could be the worst of enemies, but a few weeks ago, my sister and I had an argument over something stupid like reading the newspaper that morning. Went to school and at break time when I heard she was being beaten up, I've never run so fast in my life. :rolleyes:

    The sky. I like watching the clouds in the day and the stars at night.
     
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    Not too many things amaze me these days......

    However just recently I was amazed by a sight that still floors me. I went to a local library recently (the area has some great ones too) when I saw a giant active very real WATERFALL inside the building. It was like 30-40 feet tall and was a great sight to see. I have never saw something like that inside a library before and it amazed me to no end. Gave me a even bigger love for libraries then I already have and for that I am thankful indeed......

    Peace.......
     
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    Video games. To make something so interactive and exciting, to dive into a world of whatever it may be.....just gets to me. :thumbsup: I really love Nintendo.
     
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    I am also amazed by babies, especially since I have come to accept and understand the reality of reincarnation. I look at them in awe and respect for the awesome and dangerous task they have chosen to come back to!
    Being an adult, now.. I know that it is pretty impossible to escape pain in this life.
    I can even be flippping thru channels or turn a page.. and if I see a newborn or especially a birth.. I spontaneously cry from the enormity of it!
    When I look into their eyes..it is with great respect and I ask silently .. what do you still remember that I have forgotten? (that you will also soon forget?)

    There is a true story (or urban legend) about that very question posed to an infant by her 4 year old brother.It is also the subject of a painting I did.

    I am also amazed at the abundance of North American life and how easily we just discard perfectly good things when all around us there is poverty and tragedy. It amazes me that in such a "progressive"? (with a BIG question mark) world .. we have not been able or found the need to get a balance.
     
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    I'm also amazed by babies, I feel the same way as Nexus. My older stepsister is expecting a baby in March and whenever I think of that baby I think of it as a soul reincarnating once again, and I wonder if it's someone I knew at one point, I wonder what his (they think it's a boy) life purpose is, etc. I always wonder what is going through infants minds, like how much they remember.
    Technology is so amazing as well. The internet, airplanes, the medical field, etc., there has been so much advancement. Another thing that never ceases to amaze me is the way in which nature is so detailed, and how everything works together. It's like it just can't be a coincidence, there must be a higher being that created it. My parents are doctors and they always say that the more they study the human body, the more sure they are that a higher being exists, and not that everything is just a coincidence.
     
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    my girls amaze me. what they say and do, how they interact, their imagination. everything.

    even beyond that the sky and the clouds. do not ask me why, but the wonderment of looking at the sky during all types of weather is amazing, it can be peaceful, and calm, and nasty and intense. it can make you warm, or cold. i have had some intense emotional connections with the weather. and the stars at night. i remember when my uncle died many moons ago my granmother point to the sky and saying the brightest star was my uncle. i was maybe 7 years old, and that just amazed me.

    the power of prayer amazes me, and even if you do not believe or pray just the positive thoughts you send to someone, they really make a difference. i could go on and on.
     
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    I find that the universe itself amazes me. It's infinite, and to think something like that never ends - and if it does at some point, what is behind it? To think that there are millions of planets and stars, there is probably another earth somewhere out there with life on it just as we have here. I think about whether it is possible that if this earth ever ends, if we'll start over again with the dinosaurs on another earth somewhere else in the universe? You hear so much on what became of them, but what was before the dinosaurs and where did they evolve from?

    The ocean! It's so huge and to think that there are still hundreds, possibly thousands of undiscovered marine life deep down where nobody has ever gone before or is unable to because it is too deep - is amazing to me.

    Life itself, comparing the changes from prehistoric times to what it is now - and what it will be like in the future. From first carving into stone to the technology now, is mindblowing to me.
     
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    Babies amaze me too, but as for technology, I can't think of anything in particular that amazes me, other than "all of it." When I compare the present and the past, I tend to think of the present as "the future." Example: [thinking] "Here in the future, that no longer happens," as if I'm on Star Trek or something. And when I think about it, I'm glad to live in "the future." All that awful stuff that used to happen is mostly gone, at least here in the industrialized world. Some periods in history are interesting (e.g. the Renaissance), but outside of those periods, most of the past feels kind of suffocating (Victorian England comes to mind), if that makes any sense.

    Wait, I thought of one thing that amazes me: space travel, and what we don't do with it. We can go to the moon, but we only sent people there from 1969 to 1972, and only 12 people in all of human history have walked on the moon. It's kind of sad when you think about it...I guess my feelings about it come from having lived in a time when the closest thing to the concept of space travel was "...the cow jumped over the moon..."
     
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    I totally spaced that it wasn't people that amaze... it's things...

    WEll anyways... I'm amazed at a lot of things like cameras... I recently learned how they work and it blows my mind but makes so much sense... I'm also amazed at how complex everything is and how freakin obvious that reincarnation is taking place... Just Everything everyday... the internet... food... everything...
     
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    Oh, yes. When I try to imagine an infinite universe, I can't do it. And exactly what is the universe? There are galaxies, stars, planets, black holes... but what is it, really?
    Sometimes I think one would go insane if you'd keep thinking about those things. :p
     
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    My god..what do i like in this life,in this age you mean?
    not much to be honest!
    I like the nature,the animals ...photography , internet...thats about everything
    i would prefer living in the 30's or whatever, i never go out to danceplaces, and there is no much fun nowadays, i bet in the 20's - 30's or even 60's it was alot nicer to go out,i dont know
    nowadays, there is a big tension between people,more stress then before,
    cars (bleh)............
    all whats left from history i like *smiles*
    i like phylosophy and all the thinking and nowadays u cant find that much anymore :(
     
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    What amazes me it´s when I went to a Roman Village museum I saw technology 2000 years old and I remember my grandfather still using it.
    So, at least in 2000 years the world didn't changed at all and look now what we have !!!!

    But what really amazes me is that the human brain can learn how to use all those new things whithout effort and they say that is 1 million years old : angel :laugh:
     
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    Friendship. My three closest friends I've known for 47 years. One of the wives I've only known 40 years.

    Memories. If we nurture them, they can and do keep alive some of our most precious relationships.

    Myself. How can anyone use the Internet but still be so out of touch with today's society.

    Words. I strung them together for 50 years to make people laugh, cry, smile, and wonder. The ability to use words in that way astounds me no end.

    John
     
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    What amazes me is the love that i have for my son and how it is so different from any other love I've ever known. I feel an inexplicable closeness to him that feels like it trancends your regular parent-child relationship. I feel like we planned to be together in this lifetime and that this life would be one of spiritual discovery for both of us.
     
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    Well, since I was born until now, I've been having moments when I look around, at the sky, at the streets, even at the grey blocks and shabby buses and when I think "How wonderful! The world is beautiful!". I don't know why I do this and I don't know why even dreadful places impress me. But when it happens, I get a really good feeling, of peace and satisfaction.
     
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    I'm amazed that scientists have been able to mend wounds, cure colds, flus and are on their way to finding a cure for cancers and diseases someday. But, they still haven't been totally able to give a clear, concise, true explanation for the existence of consciousness. Hence, quantum physics. I think just plain life is amazing.
     
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    I guess I take too many things for granted. But sometimes what I take for granted and no one else shares the same philosophy - that amazes me. Like when I found out that pre-existence is not a regular belief in my church I had been a member of for years. Pre-existence is a belief I've always had. I had never been taught that, it as just something I just KNEW. Finding out others did not know this too was like being told we were not human!
     
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    recent amazement: how history repeats itself. of course, I guess I've always known that and that's partially why I think that reincarnation is so true, but I mean, we've been studying it in a class and by golly, I never realized how bad it was! Oh, and the fact that I feel unconnected from the person I was a year ago (I feel like that was me venturing off the 'trail' :eek: ), and how I pretty much feel like I'm continuing on from two years ago.
     
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    I agree. It seems like we can never break the cycle. As soon as the generation that made the mistakes dies the next generation repeats them with increased fury. It makes me wonder, are we really learning, or just chasing our tails? It appears as though something is just fundamentally unchanging in human nature. Maybe it just happens so slow that change can only be noticed over the course of thousands of years such that no noticeable major changes have occurred during the short span of present recorded history.
     
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    That could as well have been me speaking! I'm absolutely fascinated by the age and technology of space exploration in general, and of manned space travel and space colonization in particular!

    At the same time I feel a strange and sad kind of nostalgia when I read modern science fiction classics as Arthur C Clarke's 2001 - A Space Odessy, where we have at "present time" both Lunar and Martian bases and colonies and are on our way out to Jupiter and beyond - like *sigh* "It was supposed to be like that by now"....

    To a second degree I'm fascinated by the advancement and potential social usefulness of advanced technology in general - even *gasp* of nuclear power (before I get shot down in flames: I realize that nuclear power energy in it's present form, and in the contemporary kind of socities we have, is far too risky to be thrustworthy, but that mean it always have to be that way in the future : angel )

    I guess I'm a kind of critical technophile who envisions a future environmentally sustainable, socially stable high tech global society that extends itself out into space. A truly classless and stateless society where humanity is free to raom both outer and inner space, at last free from the shackles of resource scarcity, poverty, wars and similar idiocies!

    I don't think it's completelly too late for such a thing yet to come into being - if not in my present lifetime, so maybe some time during my nextcoming lifetimes!... :thumbsup:

    (End of speech - climbing down from soap-box) :rolleyes:

    Yours Sincerely, Star Rover
     
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    The power of love is amazing. When I think about it, how many people do I love right now? And I can still feel love for people I knew a thousand years ago. On this forum, I read about souls who sought each other out, sometimes through millennia, for love.
    The human race may have held onto its hatreds and pettinesses, but in spite of that, we've held onto kindness and joy, too. It's amazing that we do that.
     

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