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Through the Veil

January 18, 2008

Yesterday, as we jumped onto the 101 south to go to the county building department, something seemed unusual to me. It took me a moment to figure out what: I could see the east bay hills. And by see I mean really actually _see_ the hills, crystal clear, high definition, full green colour blaring. It was almost as though looking at one of those HDR manipulated photographs. Wow.

What struck me afterwards is this: how great an example it is of how we just cease to notice things. Sometimes, only by their absence, do we notice what’s been missing, or notice what we haven’t seen. The veils, the filters, the everyday becomes transparent to us, and we operate within that realm as though it is normal, and the way the world actually is. When, actually, it may well not be, and behind those filters through which we live our lives there exists vibrancy and vivacity.

The hills really were quite the sight.

I remember seeing this back when it occurred, and thanks to youtube I’m able to see it again: the opening ceremonies for the Nagano Winter Olympics. Go and watch it (note there are three parts), it’s quite something, especially two things in particular. First, the technical feat that was pulled off in synchronizing the entire thing (the orchestra in Japan, beaming the signal from it to five continents, having the five continents choir sing to that, then beam the signal back to Japan, and put it all together in time and in tune despite all the transmission lags). Secondly, and this is what blew me away the first time, and again this time, is the action in the stadium itself. Not on the field, but in the stands: thousands of spectators, mostly Japanese, singing with fervour to the music in german. That’s right on.

Current Possibility: Vibrancy and Fervour