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Old 04-19-2017, 11:10 PM
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Like if people like Richard Feynman did not explain decades ago how shallow is to just live with a limited view of things.
I have a friend who’s an artist and has sometimes taken a view which I don’t agree with very well. He’ll hold up a flower and say “look how beautiful it is,” and I’ll agree. Then he says “I as an artist can see how beautiful this is but you as a scientist take this all apart and it becomes a dull thing,” and I think that he’s kind of nutty. First of all, the beauty that he sees is available to other people and to me too, I believe…
The fact that the colors in the flower evolved in order to attract insects to pollinate it is interesting; it means that insects can see the color. It adds a question: does this aesthetic sense also exist in the lower forms? Why is it aesthetic? All kinds of interesting questions which the science knowledge only adds to the excitement, the mystery and the awe of a flower. It only adds. I don’t understand how it subtracts.
In essence, some may decide to just live in an illusion and be happy, but for the ones investigating the nature of things they are more likely to find much, much more awesomeness and happiness than the ones that limit themselves by choice. Don't see also how pessimism should lead only to sadness, that old saying that goes like: "Expect the best, plan for the worst & prepare to be surprised" does talk about keeping a pessimistic outlook to things, but the end result is that when a bad situation comes the one that was prepared and not living in a happy illusion is the one that ends up with a happier situation.