Have you ever wondered about the importance of observation?

What can you see when you open your eyes? Not what do you see but what can you see? What do you read between the lines?What can you understand from what is given?

The person who is in front of you, the one you look at when you stand in front of the mirror, the small details hidden in a family picture, the bright colors of a dress. What do they tell you?

Observation is not limited to vision, is about feelings, odors, taste. How many of them can you consciously register and notice?

Did i annoy already with all these questions?Then you’d better not read this blog at all!

I have so many of them.The fun is that I don’t need an answer for all of them, in the end the conclusive answers are very few. Usually every answer -well at least every good answer-generates a stream of new questions, additional inquiries and a compelling thirst for yet another drop of knowledge.

So this is what this blog is about.What “this” is will depend. It can be anything.

Principally I’ll be talking about people. There hardly is a subject more fascinating and complicated. The human mind and behavior, pure wonders.

You never know how much you have to say until you start speaking, or in my case, writing.

The aim is to capture moments. Nothing exists until you have put your attention to it.

Can you guess who’s having this delightfully entertaining – maybe even enlightening- dialogue?

“You see, but you do not observe.

The distinction is clear. For example, you have frequently seen the steps which lead up from the hall to this room.”

“Frequently.”

“How often?”

“Well, some hundreds of times.”

“Then how many are there?”

“How many? I don’t know.”

“Quite so! You have not observed. And yet you have seen. That is just my point. Now, I know that there are seventeen steps, because I have both seen and observed.”

That’s called schooling, Sherlock Holmes style.

OK, so this is the part in which you should start being enthusiastic about the concept and try hard to find a clever question to ask.

Like: “I was wondering (yup you should think it like that) why do you mean by Light Observer? I noticed that it’s quite a weird and yet enchanting (of course you would use this word) name for a blog”.

Ah, little scoundrel(scoundreless?) you got me!

Well to be brutally honest, it’s totally random.

But since you cared to ask and I don’t want to delude your expectations and thus shutter your future endeavor in the world of questioning, I’ll try to come up with some intelligent answer.

Well let’s put it this way. It’s my blog, i call it whatever name i want :).(Don’t get me wrong when you see the happy face, I was trying to put the “tongue out” smiley but, “tske tske”, I’m indignant about the inability of WP to represent  graphically my inner feelings.)

If you have problems with my answer, blame Sherlock. Incidentally though, there might be another reason.

Light is often associated with understanding. Coming to the matter of fact explanation, there’s nothing you can see without light. This means you can’t observe, which leads you to stumble in darkness, ignorant for the simple fact that you haven’t been able to see.

There was an era called the “Enlightenment” that flourished in Europe around the 1700, in which there was a so-called revival of the human mind. It was supposed to serve as a contrast to the dark era of the middle ages. It testified the power of reason, the ability to analyze and scrutinize everything. They were fervently convinced that the human mind lead by a rational scientific approach could understand whatever there was to understand.

Ironically enough, enlightenment is also considered as the state in which body and mind, including the oh so beloved rationality, are transcended. You have finally cast light over the darkness and yet this process defies every definition; it’s pure experience.

“A human being is a part of a whole, called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest… a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”

- Albert Einstein

…. Mmm-hmm, yeah…basically reason is not everything, thanks Al.

(*thinking to herself*Lol i should take out the last quote it has nothing to do with what i was saying……*shrugs*nah it looks clever enough, besides no one will ever notice*)

Sidney Paget: Sherlock Holmes

Sidney Paget: Sherlock Holmes (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So, hurray for observation and critical thinking but never forget to value intuitions, screw ups, inconsistencies and emotions : they makes you what you are : a real human being : hopefully :

[just to be sure, write the letters you see in the pink shaped space below:

you don't see any pink shaped space?*blinks*

Ah boring, you are sane.]

My point is right here ——–> .

Err why are you still here?

I’m entitled to my first answer.And you should be going around exploring the blog, you are missing on the meat.(huh?)

You see, I’ve deliberately started not making any sense to prompt you to hop off to the actual articles -ah and don’t forget to leave a comment, just to prove your not a robot of course :). (Bright up that was an actual smile)