So much of the human condition remains shrouded in mystery. People rely on five senses to interpret the universe. With a vast array of newfangled interconnected technology, we can see great distances and hear sounds earlier generations could never have imagined. We are constantly smelling, tasting and touching evidence which surrounds us.
But our individual and collective impressions are subjective, variable and eccentric. These are no more than illusions which may or may not resemble objective reality.
Many assumed truths could be lies. The human propensity for creative synthesis,
imaginative conjecture and blind faith seems unbound. When human beings find no rational explanations or scientific evidence, we indulge in myths, magic and miracles to evaporate mystery in a search for meaning. Some find small truths where we can agree.
“The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.”
“Man lives in a world of surmise, of mystery, of uncertainties.”
“I would rather live in a world where my life is surrounded by mystery than live in a world so small that my mind could comprehend it.”
“Fortunately, somewhere between chance and mystery lies imagination, the only thing that protects our freedom, despite the fact that people keep trying to reduce it or kill it off altogether.”
“I believe in the power of the imagination to remake the world, to release the truth within us, to hold back the night, to transcend death, to charm motorways, to ingratiate ourselves with birds, to enlist the confidences of madmen.”
― J.G. Ballard
“The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless.”
― Jean-Jacques Rousseau
“Some might think that the creativity, imagination, and flights of fancy that give my life meaning are insanity.”
― Vladimir Nabokov
“We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.”
“Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens”
― Jimi Hendrix