When I was a kid, I was really into bird watching. Don’t ask me why. What? Oh, what’s that? Oh, well, you see, bird watching is not an app. It’s where you look at birds, determine which one you’re looking at, and then observe their behavior to learn about nature. Nobody does this anymore because it takes more than twelve seconds of time in front of a smartphone.
Anyways, one of the only things that’ll literally stop me in my tracks is a beautiful bird in a tree. It’s one of the few times in life I truly, truly, without apprehension, feel alive. Don’t ask me why. It just does. I like to stand and/or sit there for a long time like a creepy lunatic looking at a brick wall. Only I’m looking at the birds in a tree.
I guess it’s because the birds are not aware that life is a big meat grinder. They just do their thing. It’s kind of like when my oldest dog (she’s now 14) was sitting in front of my Dad and she was absently looking him in the eyes and wagging her tail rapidly. For no reason at all. She was just happy. And my Dad said something along the lines of: “Oh, if only humans could be like the dogs and unaware, and just let go”.
Now, first off, my Dad’s not some freak philosopher. He’s just working man average dude that wore the same sneakers for like two decades. Which is one of the reasons I so remember this offhand comment from him. Usually we talk about football or the weather. So I guess it’s that my dogs lives inside a mindset unaware that life is a big meat grinder. I think it’s the same thing that draws me to birds.
The birds give me hope that, in fact, life is not a big meat grinder. Same with my dogs. And my Dad.
Anyways, so if you want to know what my freak unhinged deranged brain considers “Pure Beauty”? Well, head on over to Tokyobling’s Blog and see what he’s just posted about birds and trees. It’s pure deliciousness. I have a connection to Japan I’ve not really discussed on this blog, yet. But Japan or not, this guy gets it. It’s just too good.