We are taught, even from a very young age, not to be shallow – appearance represents a mere ephemeral beauty and all that’s material is either the work of the devil or not worth investigating. We are advised to look underneath the underneath in order to find the essence of life, which must be hidden in some obscure, hard-to-reach place. In the continuous search for the purpose of existence, we overlook the obvious mysteries that collide with our lives. Our preference for seeking the invisible is well-rotten in ancient times and closely linked to the idea of divinity, which is the core of the absolute and the immateriality at the same time.
If we had learnt to take into account our own advice, we would be more intelligent than to consider that the visible doesn’t have its mysteries. Had we paid attention to it, our curiosity would have been irked to the point where gathering knowledge about the existent would’ve become our obsession.
The visible is, in fact, some sort of a portal to the invisible – because they coexist, sustaining and hiding each other. Beauty is the best example to be given. It’s difficult to define, as it is subjective. However, beauty doesn’t mean good-looking in particular. It is the spell, the fact that we are charmed and mesmerised by one’s appearance that makes us call them beautiful, putting a label on them. But there’s more to it, isn’t it? We have to open our eyes and think outside the conventional. What does enchant us? The personality, the soul, the mind… they are all invisible.
We have to scrutinise the surroundings to be aware of all the things we’re missing. People are themselves mysteries, each of them. The past moulds us and the pressure of present forces us to bend in change.
We are used to taking the existent for granted, despite our mumbling that we know it isn’t. Knowing and actually realising are two different things. The material we have now is the work of our ancestors who looked around them and tried to create. They were the ones to fight the apparent inexistence.
Life can’t be judged only looking at the invisible. There are too many events we can’t explain: why do the trees die in the autumn, why does the Earth rebirth in the spring? We haven’t found these answers yet because instead of looking at what’s in front of us, we overanalyze, and try to find so sacred and unforeseen meaning.
Personally, I think that both the visible and the invisible are important to consider and that one without the other would make life dull. The wonder of all wonders, life itself, surrounds us. It is in everything and everyone we meet.
Now, should we look at what’s in front of our noses, we would be astonished.