BE CURIOUS – REFLECTING SWANS TO BLACK SWANS

“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet.
Try to make sense of what you see
and wonder about what makes the universe exist.
Be curious
: Stephen Hawking.

Ever since I first took an interest in art, I’ve loved the work of Salvador Dali.
And not just visually.
The detail also. The meaning behind each detail.
I found fascinating… even if I couldn’t understand it.
The more you look at his work,
the more you see.
The more you delve, the more you discover.
Like life.

The reflecting composition of the title image for this post is inspired by his work from 1937;
Swans Reflecting Elephants“.

I originally wrote these notes just after Stephen Hawking’s passing,
which brought the subject of perspective to mind.
What he managed to achieve in the face of such adversity is truly incredible.
His quote I mentioned above continues…;
“… And however difficult it may seem,
there is always something you can do and succeed at.
It matters that you don’t just give up.”

In my tangential mind, his resilience lead me to think of
Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s book Antifragile.
“Anti fragility is beyond resilience or robustness.
The resilient resists shocks and stays the same;
the anti fragile gets better.”
(N.B. props to Eben Halford for introducing me to Taleb’s work.)

And that Taleb also wrote ‘Black Swan’, circling this mornings musing,
brings a smile to my face.
Serendipity, or synchronicity ?

I think the more curious we are,
the more aware we become.
Life becomes more interesting,
we understand more,
and brings us more in to the present moment.

“The secret of health 
for both mind and body is …
to live the present moment 
wisely and earnestly.”
Buddha

Thank you for reading.

Have a beautiful night.

Anthony Stoker

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