On Beauty and Simplicity

Fragments from imaginary dialogues

“I haven’t watched a film for a very long time. I’ve watched three or four films in the last two years.”

“You’re not into films?”

“I used to be. I used to watch a lot of them. And I mean, a lot. And I used to spend just just as much time (if not more) watching trailers and keeping constantly updated with all upcoming films and rumors.

Not anymore.”

“How come?”

“I didn’t plan to. It just happened. I’ve simply displaced them with other activities that are more meaningful to me.”

“What kind of activities?”

“Reading, learning, creating, playing with ideas, writing, Parkour training, going in nature, among others. Oh, and… bus traveling.”

“Bus traveling?”

“I simply love traveling by bus in London. I mean with the double-decker buses, especially if I can sit in front. You get such a wonderful moving panoramic-view. As my map of the beautiful expanded, the view became more and more beautiful.”

“What do you mean by ‘map of the beautiful’?

“If you set your perceptual filter to ‘beautiful’ (what’s technically called ‘reticular activation’, or what I like to call ‘setting the mental channel’), what do you see? What categories and instances of the beautiful pop up into view?

As I’ve grown and (re)learned to appreciate movement and play and the simple things around me, my map of the beautiful has expanded considerably. I notice more beautiful things, and experience them more intensely. To the point that a trip by bus has become a real joy.”

“Do you miss films sometimes?”

“Not at all. I realize (for me) most of it was just another escape from reality, next to video games, and drinking. A distraction.

I no longer want to distract myself from reality. I want to experience it fully, with EVERYTHING it has to offer, both the highs and the lows.

I’ve gotten to a point where I find the feel of the wind on my skin and the flight of a bird breathtakingly beautiful. Any stimulation a film can provide pales in comparison.”

“What about mental stimulation?”

“I find enough of it in my dear books.”

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About Dani Trusca

Life-Artist, Thinker, Mover (Traceur)

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