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  • Steven Delpome

What do you wonder about?

Every SOLE Hour session begins with the above question, and, especially with the initial sessions in new places, you being to notice something about enthusiastic curious children: They really really REALLY try to wonder about things when presented with that question.

You also notice that nothing much comes from all of that effort.

Wonder seems to be something that we do like breathing or speaking. When those big, important, weird questions come to you, you’re not consciously wondering. You are likely just in a state where you are open to them. Sometimes we let them in while in the shower. Or they’re there with us when we wake up at 2:43 a.m.

Some great things have come from wondering. Einstein’s theory of relativity began when he would watch a train station with a big clock outside of it at lunch. We measure time by the rotation of the Earth. So doesn’t it stand to reason that if a person ran from the back of the train to the front on a train travelling east that they would travel through time faster than the rest of us?

p.s. That question is mine, not Einstein’s. His were more aligned with this:

When we are wondering, we are open to it. We’ve emptied ourselves of the idea that we know things. We are detached from our thoughts and aren’t judging them. The conscious thinking for Einstein and all wonderers comes later, when one of those thoughts attaches itself to us and won’t let go. We’ve all experienced that grip in ways that excite us (I have to know the answer but there’s no Wi-Fi here!) and antagonize us (2:43 a.m. What if I’m an awful parent and don’t even know it?).

What if we need to do less and in trying to do more we wind up doing less?

If we’re always trying to accomplish, can we know what it is we are trying to accomplish? What if Kunu there knows the truth but it’s a truth that can only be known and not explained? Or not with words perhaps? Truth is all relative anyway though, no? Like those folks on Einstein’s train?

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