Bewitched, bothered and bewildered am I.
- Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart
The world is a mind-boggling place. No doubt about it. Simply the fact that it exists at all can blow the cerebellum and fry the thalamus. But, to acknowledge the world as mind-boggling is just the beginning of boggledom.
According to current research, for example, there are approximately 8.7 million species of life on this planet. Of these 8.7 million, only 1.2 million species have been catalogued which leaves some 86% of earth life and 91% of marine life still awaiting discovery or description.
That brain of yours which might well be getting boggled at this moment, is mind-boggling all by itself: How it stores some memories and ditches others. How it is even now trying to make heads or tails of these words, wondering if you can hold your hunger pains till dinner-time, trying to figure how you'll pay that VISA bill and still managing to ignite some excitement about the hot date you have scheduled this weekend.
Then, there's your body: everything from your ear hair to your toe jam is worthy of a good boggle. You ability to swallow, digest, fart and poop without even thinking about it is near the top of the boggle list.
Then there are relationships - lover, friend, family, co-workers, pet. Mind-boggling, all. And government? Mindless-boggling, perhaps. Then there's literature and Irish dancing, space capsules and on-line dating, Lady Gaga, Mona Lisa and Beethoven's 9th.
A T-shirt might read: If you're not bewildered, you're not paying attention. Perhaps bewilderment is all there is. But rather than it throwing you into confusion and despair, if treated rightly, bewilderment just might lead you into the cathedral of jaw-dropping awe. And there's nothing a little awe and wonder to add the "worth" to the "while" of this life