Sunday, December 11, 2016

What We Call Forth

What we call forth, that is what we find. There's a name for this: the frequency illusion, also called the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon. Discuss something obscure, and suddenly you see references to that obscure thing everywhere. It's related to heightened awareness, conscious choice, readiness. My snarky inner voice says, it's called seeing.

Shut up, snarky inner voice.

Building on that relationship, it's why kindness leads to kindness; ugliness to ugliness; shout to scream. It's why I have been looking within so much these past several weeks (although I am prone to looking within, and always have been, at least since 7th grade). If this world hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light, nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain (thank you, Matthew Arnold), certainly that must be me calling those things forth, even in some small way. How can I turn that tide?

One haiga at a time? But there are so many skies...


a mention
of bird
and look —
in every sky
a bird

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