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Context - there's a theme from my personal favorite anime that I've come to describe as "mundane miracles". What I'm referring to is a sense of awe, wonder, or joy that can arise from something someone else (or even you yourself) might think of as ordinary, dull, or pedestrian. Things not typically thought of as "worthy of wonder".

Typically, your reasons for being awed by these things might seem corny or overly-sentimental - but let them loose anyway. There are people, like myself, who like such sentimental descriptions.

It's hard for me to describe, but maybe some examples would help.

Personal example 1 - Sheet Music





I think it's wonderful that a composer who lived centuries ago was able to encapsulate his feelings and emotions into symbols that are able to preserve them through time and ultimately allow him to recreate those feelings in us today. When I look at sheet music, I feel like I'm connecting to the feelings of another through time. And I think it's amazing that modern composers are able to do the same - using the sheet music as a time capsule for their current feelings. It truly does seem miraculous.


Personal example 2 - Friends in Other Countries

It's a huge world with billions of people. Think of the sheer number that you will never get the chance to meet or even know exist. Bearing that in mind, to run into someone from another country that resonates with you enough to be called a friend really does seem like a beautiful thing. But maybe what it really shows is that on some level we are all more connected than we are sometimes led to believe, and there may be dozens of close friends out there you don't know about just waiting to meet you. (Of course, that's in your own country as well).



It's difficult to describe what I mean, but if you've ever just been blown away (in a good way) by something ordinary or mundane, then post it here! I'd certainly love to hear it. It could be anything - soap, raindrops, an animal, a tune, - anything!
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Personal example 2 - Friends in Other Countries

It's a huge world with billions of people. Think of the sheer number that you will never get the chance to meet or even know exist. Bearing that in mind, to run into someone from another country that resonates with you enough to be called a friend really does seem like a beautiful thing. But maybe what it really shows is that on some level we are all more connected than we are sometimes led to believe, and there may be dozens of close friends out there you don't know about just waiting to meet you. (Of course, that's in your own country as well).


I'm inclined to agree with this. I have a friend in Australia, a few friends from Norway, and other acquaintances elsewhere. We really are all much more alike than we realize. It's pretty damned cool.
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I feel that way about novels. I think it's cool when people are able to think, write, and preserve stories that they held in their minds. Though some are lame (either because of cooperate interference or just an overall boring plot) but others are really good and make me think what the author's source of inspiration was. Its also cool that I start to know more about fictional characters than I do real people, although I don't know if this would be a good thing or not :/

One of my all time favorite novels is Harper Lee's To Kill a Mocking Bird, it talks about country life in the 1930's (so Racism, Poverty, etc.) but what I like most about it is that, its a story about growing up. I don't know why, but I really enjoy those kinds of stories. I don't really like thinking about my past, especially about my child-childhood (not my teens), though most are able to get me too. It's amazing how a person can write a story that can get me to think about myself, of whom I don't particularly like, and in a way my own story.

It just amazes me, and kind of makes me want to write one of my own, but I ain't good enough to write anything like that. It just shows that people able to write novels are really awesome, and so the novels themselves even more amazing.
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HolyDrumstick wrote:

I'm inclined to agree with this. I have a friend in Australia, a few friends from Norway, and other acquaintances elsewhere. We really are all much more alike than we realize. It's pretty damned cool.


Yea, it is pretty cool!

It's when I think of my friends in other countries that I begin to appreciate some of my friends here a bit more as well. Particularly my old friends. I sometimes get in the habit of thinking it's just "normal" that my friends are my friends. I mean, one was with me in kindergarten. I think it's good to get perspective on how miraculous something like that really is. Of course, it's kind of ironic since he's more of a realist and not really influenced by that kind of sentimental thinking.


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I feel that way about novels. I think it's cool when people are able to think, write, and preserve stories that they held in their minds. Though some are lame (either because of cooperate interference or just an overall boring plot) but others are really good and make me think what the author's source of inspiration was. Its also cool that I start to know more about fictional characters than I do real people, although I don't know if this would be a good thing or not :/

One of my all time favorite novels is Harper Lee's To Kill a Mocking Bird, it talks about country life in the 1930's (so Racism, Poverty, etc.) but what I like most about it is that, its a story about growing up. I don't know why, but I really enjoy those kinds of stories. I don't really like thinking about my past, especially about my child-childhood (not my teens), though most are able to get me too. It's amazing how a person can write a story that can get me to think about myself, of whom I don't particularly like, and in a way my own story.

It just amazes me, and kind of makes me want to write one of my own, but I ain't good enough to write anything like that. It just shows that people able to write novels are really awesome, and so the novels themselves even more amazing.


Oh yes, you know I didn't even realize that pretty much everything I said probably applies even more to novels. I get what you mean about knowing more about fictional characters. A well written character can almost feel more real than a real person.

To Kill a Mockingbird did an amazing job of not only feeling real, but capturing the feeling of the author as she grew up. It blows my mind to think that everyone has a story like that too. We're just not all as good at expressing it. I think it shows how, in addition to what we were talking about in the post above, we are also somewhat connected through time. So, miraculously, my two unrelated miracles were connected!

I remember being in high school reading Dante's La Vita Nuova and thinking "Wow. I'm having the exact same emotions as this Italian statesman from 700 years ago". Miraculous indeed.
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Hm. Rocks.

Rocks, the structures, the deposition and how they change in the billions of years is absolutely amazing to me. If I talk to my dad about a parallel laminated sandstone that is overlain by a crossbedded sandstone which then had a shale layer over it.. I could see what was at that location millions of years ago in my mind. (Its a river that meandered in one direction then had a flood event).

My dad would say. "All right. I really don't care." Hell, most people would think of it like that.

Another one is how technology advanced in the 8,500 years or so of civilized human nature. Think that in 1946, we got the first computer... In 6,500 BCE, we had the first human civilization. Somehow, in the last 1% of human nature we went from the giant first computer to cellphones that are stronger than what NASA had when we landed people on the moon. Some people really don't care about that either.

Another one (I have many) is how mathematics is formed. Having a minor in mathematics (FUCK PARTIAL DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS!), I cant even start to understand how people managed to prove 1 + 1 = 2 and then went crazy from there.
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Dark_Alma wrote:

Hm. Rocks.

Rocks, the structures, the deposition and how they change in the billions of years is absolutely amazing to me. If I talk to my dad about a parallel laminated sandstone that is overlain by a crossbedded sandstone which then had a shale layer over it.. I could see what was at that location millions of years ago in my mind. (Its a river that meandered in one direction then had a flood event).

My dad would say. "All right. I really don't care." Hell, most people would think of it like that.

Another one is how technology advanced in the 8,500 years or so of civilized human nature. Think that in 1946, we got the first computer... In 6,500 BCE, we had the first human civilization. Somehow, in the last 1% of human nature we went from the giant first computer to cellphones that are stronger than what NASA had when we landed people on the moon. Some people really don't care about that either.

Another one (I have many) is how mathematics is formed. Having a minor in mathematics (FUCK PARTIAL DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS!), I cant even start to understand how people managed to prove 1 + 1 = 2 and then went crazy from there.


All great examples. The rock one in particular really struck me though. I remember when I was in university they had a very old rock on display (I'm ashamed to admit that I do 't remember how old, but I'm fairly certain it was a couple million years) and I just stood in awe of it for a moment at the realization that I was beholding something truly ancient.


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Interesting. I can certainly see that.

Also - if you ever feel like elaborating further, the thread will still be here
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Technological advancements when compared to the age of this planet.
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Cait_Sidhe wrote:

All great examples. The rock one in particular really struck me though. I remember when I was in university they had a very old rock on display (I'm ashamed to admit that I do 't remember how old, but I'm fairly certain it was a couple million years) and I just stood in awe of it for a moment at the realization that I was beholding something truly ancient.


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Interesting. I can certainly see that.

Also - if you ever feel like elaborating further, the thread will still be here


What is even crazier is the fact that a few million years old is YOUNG. I have a piece of vein quartz that is 1.2 billion years old!
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