Friday, October 14, 2005
Bird Watching or Bird Spotting
I must remember to put down the scope, camera, and even binoculars, and watch the birds in a broader field of view for a longer period of time. It is an attempt to understand the bird's world and to recognize individuals within a species. Behaviors are what the bird is all about, not field marks.
This made me think in broader terms about life itself. How much of my interaction with people and events is about "spotting" as opposed to "watching?" Do I really make an effort to enter into the full context of the world around me? Our relationships become superficial when we are content with name, job, education, basic elements of the resume, and make no attempt to understand behavior and what it is saying to us about the inner life of those we love.
This may seem a divergence from the purpose of this blog but what good is a hobby if it is only an obsession or an escape. Shouldn't our most intense interests make us better human beings, shouldn't they inform the whole of our life. Shouldn't we be better people when we return from our "watching?"