Sunday, 21 November 2010

Knowing

mowersI had the pleasure of mowing the lawn again this afternoon (what a lovely way to spend precious glorious weather weekend time). Usually, my three year old is afraid of the mower's mighty noise. Today was different, though: having watched plenty of YouTube videos on how mowers and in particular mower engines work, he said he is not afraid of the mower anymore now that he knows how it works.
There goes a lesson much more important than how a mower works: When we know how things work, we are much comfortable with the way things are. Even when those things are not particularly pleasant.
I'll go even further and state my opinion on the matter: The ongoing and eternal quest to make sense of this world we live in is one of those things that makes life worth living.

Photo by Ben McLeod

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