(a series on paying attention to what’s right in front of me)
It’s been on my mind to “upgrade” from my current camera, which has served me exceedingly well the past six or seven years to a new one (performs better in low light, indoors, etc. etc.). I may well give in. But this past week, whenever I thought about going into a store and checking it out, I found myself preferring instead to be in the street with my tried-and-true.
“Just as we are commanded to love man, we are also called upon to be sensitive to the grandeur of God’s creation.
“We are infatuated with our great technological achievements; we have forgotten the mystery of being, of being alive.
“We have lost our sense of wonder, our sense of radical amazement at sheer being.”
“Choose Life,” Abraham Joshua Heschel*
(spoiler alert: I think I’ll keep an eye out for colour for the next post)
* Thank you, Rabbi Aviva Goldberg for putting Heschel’s reflections on technology and wonder in front of Congregation Shir Libeynu often enough that they’ve taken up residence in my RAM, not to mention my mind.