What is it that fills you with AWE?



  • What, if anything, fills you with AWE, and a sense of wonder?

    And just to spell it out, I don't mean 'awesome' in the Bill and Ted sense. I'm talking ...when you see or hear something so amazeballz, your pupils dilate, and the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, and you have to do a doubletake to check something so cool and profound really exists. It's OK if there's nothing, but I'd really like to know, because...

    ...I'm preoccupied with it. My contention is that younger people are more fussy when it comes to being awed by something, and olderz are awed too easily. Feel free to prove me wrong. But in general, is it the case that bigger things cause the most awe? I've seen nuclear subs in Barrow and been totally mesmerized ...ditto the airport ten minutes from where I live: I frequently almost crash my car at the sight of 747s and airbusses coming and going.

    And also, is it the case that we feel awed by things that just aren't human, or seem not be human? For example, you can write a good piece of music or a bad piece of music, but when I put my hi-fi on full blast and pump out, say, Holst the Planets, or John Barry's Dances with Wolves soundtrack, I always think, 'How can someone have just imagined that music, out of thin air?'

    It's why I'm so forgiving of religion, and why I think Richard Dawkins is such a bellend; whether something is true, or stupid, or dangerous, the very fact that it fills people with awe makes it very, very significant in my book ('My Gobshyne Ideas' by Indrid Cold, British Library serial no. 0091933730).

    So, then?

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    @Indrid-Cold

    Like you, i am also awestrucked quite easily.
    Usually its the people who give me a better insight on things, who are more knowledgable than me. Wiser than me. And who are able to counter me. Those people have my respect, any time of the year.

    But, i too fall in love with some other things on a regualr basis, like that new joker trailer where joaquin phoenix, in my opinion gave an oscar deserving perfomance. Or the new album by billie eilish, which makes me wonder how talentful the world is.

    Coming to that song part you mentioned, i too used to wonder, how did they create such a melody. What was their thinking process while doing it. And always end the line of thought at, "oh snap! Sooner or later we are gonna run out of melodies"

    Amd believe it or not, while writing down this reply, i was awestrucked by you. Just the idea, of having a conversation with an author is other wordly.
    Publish a copy of the book here too, cant afford a ticket to london after god for saken brexit.


  • One Woman Army

    @Indrid-Cold
    Lights and colours in general.
    Once, i truly witnessed a shooting star. The colour it emitted by disintegrating in the earth's atmosphere are almost undescribeable. It was a very bright cyan colour, with a reddish pink hue surrounding the almost white core, complete with a whitish edge around it. I thought that i witnessed a flying saucer.
    But i was wrong.
    Still, i was not disappointed by the sudden appearance of it in the sky.
    And it also happend to emerge in the direction i was just looking at. It only lasted for a whole second or two, but the mere sight of it strangely filled me with hope.
    A hope that i am still able to experience the beautiful side of this world. Sadly, such occurrences happen so rarely in my lifetime.
    Yet because such things are so randomly and scarce in this world, you start to learn to appreciate them even more.


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  • @Karina-Kara I'll admit that I had you in mind when creating this post, KK. I've always suspected that your 'darkness' must be offset by some kinda wonder somehow. And it sounds like you were lucky, too. I saw a shooting star once, it was just a bland silvery colour.

    And FYI? Flying Saucers exist. My mam saw one in the infamous 'Warminster' hotspot. She was in the passenger seat of a car I was driving, but stayed quiet about it until we stopped, because she knew I'd be freaked out. Imagine that, eh?



  • @Indrid-Cold I don't think the amount of people in awe has to do with any age or generation. I think it has to do with how aware you are of your reality. Typically, when in awe (or at least the awe you & I seem to think of, I think everyone experiences it differently) it is the amazement of somethings existance, it is the wonder of "How does this thing exist, it is beautiful, and It exists, I cant believe this was created and is now apart of my reality, the reality I know nothing of"
    That is how I experience awe anyway. And for me, it is with EVERYTHING.
    Literally EVERYTHING. I am in awe of inventions, the simplest of ones. When I look at my phone I am in awe that people were able to create it, I am able to communicate across this entire planet, I can see these little squares with colors on them and they look like me a couple years ago, theyre photos! I am in awe of photos. How is a camera able to take what I see and permanently keep it in storage? I don't even know how a light bulb works. A LIGHT BULB. IT IS PROBABLY THE SIMPLIEST OF INVENTIONS AND I HAVE NO IDEA HOW IT WORKS. Yet they are everywhere, I have like 10 in my room right now and I use them everyday. How did we capture light? how did we create phones?
    what also puts me in awe is nature. Trees, birds, dogs! They're all so beautiful, they all live a life so similar to mine yet so different. The way they grow, think, and survive, its amazing!
    And space! GOSH FREAKING DARN SPACE IS AMAZING. IT IS SO BIG AND WE ARE SO SMALL AND THERE IS SO MUCH IN IT. THERE IS SO MUCH GOING ON AT ALL TIMES. AND IT CREATED US IT EVOLVED US TO BE ABLE TO HAVE THESE THOUGHTS AND FEELINGS, THESE MOVEMENTS, AND HAVE A BRAIN. OUR BRAIN ALSO PUTS ME IN AWE, IT DOES SO MUCH THINGS, THE READING THAT IM DOING AS I TYPE IS AMAZING. WE ARE ABLE TO SEE THESE SYMBOLS AND CREATE MEANING TO COMMUNICATE OH MY FUCKIING GOSH ALL OF LIFE IS AMAZING AND I AM IN AWE BY ALL OF IT
    sorry for writing a lot I really liked this topic because, in case you haven't noticed, I am in awe all the time. I probably spend 50% of my time being amazed by the world around me



  • @Indrid-Cold
    Noticing the uniqueness in every people awestrucks me.
    Someone's "darkness"; Your revelation of being an Author; Someone's extremely un-profane goodness; Someone's intricate knowledge about guns; Someone's acute, astute and immaculate description of their surroundings or culture; Someone's beautifully worded and researched posts once-in-a-while; Someone's poetic profile; Someone's amazingly bright optimistic face .... are some of the awestrucking things I have felt here.

    In the outside world? I'm awed by every footballing tricks someone performs that I'm not capable of, Every illusion of the eye someone pulls off in front of me, Every joke that makes me laugh like hell, Every star that shines bright at night, Every person who can talk to me without words, Every living form who's existence I don't understand, Every story that makes me intrigued and Every scientific theory that opens the world's possibilities to something more.
    I'm pretty awed person. 🙂

    (EDIT):- You know what? I take my effing words of Heath Ledger's Joker being hard to compete with back. He'll be a legend for sure, but just as you said on my post..... The method actor that he is, JOAQUIN PHOENIX has effing killed it. And I'm in awe of him and the character, just as Div said before. DAMN!


  • The BatSheep

    @Indrid-Cold
    Dear Rev. Cold,
    For me I like the simple things in life, the things that this exhistance brings us on a day to day basis, the things many see, but don't notice
    Regardless of coastline, city of out in the sticks the wonder that is both the sunrise and the sunset often blow my mind.
    One of the most amazing things I ever saw was overseas where sat on a balcony enjoying time with friends the setting sun slowly crept accross the sky .... suddenly it took a nose dive towards the horizon. It happened that quick you actually noticed it setting.

    I have posted here a number of times regarding another natural beauty .... this being the rainbow
    The fractured light passing through those glistening droplets ..... what a sight for saw eyes. A fantastic spectical of nature.

    Another thing I am oartial to, that will never cease to amaze me is the Solar Eclipse
    That perfect timing and positioning of that celestial satalite between that that brings and supports life and of course this rock we live.

    I could go on and on with the simple things in this life that fills me with awe and brings joy to most days But I will not for I fear I may have board you already with my love for the most simpelist of things.



  • @DIV Bille Eilish, eh? I'm going to a record shop this weekend, so I'll put her on me list.

    And yeah, you've made me feel like a right ingrate for not mentioning other people in my OP. People in general? Strange and wonderful. But ...surely it's needless to say that health workers and carers (specifically in the NHS) fill everyone with awe, right?


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    @Indrid-Cold

    Jfyi you can listen to her on YouTube. But good to see you’re supporting artists the organic way, gave me another reason to get awestrucked by you 😁

    Now you make me feel like an opportunist, who just wanted to promote Joaquin and eilish. So let me pay my homage to everyone reading this, minus the terrorists and the one who takes the life of others.

    People are awesome (yes even the communists). 😁



  • @WizzKidLizz i guess it's me who get more awed



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  • @Wolfie_11 said in What is it that fills you with AWE?:

    You're right, Wolfman. I forgot to mention footie skills. It never fails to amaze me the fine line between a stupid foul and a perfect nutmeg, or any of that 'one touch / half touch' stuff. I'm not the biggest fan of, say, Alexis Sanchez or Oxade Chamberlain, but you've got to admit, they've got it down to an art.

    And here's the thing about Joaquin Pheonix; I can never never remember how stuff like 'The Master' or 'Buffalo Soldiers' actually end, but I know when I watch them, they'll feel like my favourite films just cos he's in them. And Gladiator? I want that film playing in my coffin, because I'll NEVER get bored of it.

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  • @TheGoldenMole GM, my man...I was about to say 'settle down', but why should I? Awe is the coolest thing. If you asked me when I was truly happiest in life, this would definitely be in my top ten: about twenty years ago, I'd finish work on a Friday night, and walking home, I'd get royally drunk by supping whiskey (I haven't done this for about a 15 years, though, because it wouldn't be as cool now that I'm driving). That's viz a viz nothing: I just thought I'd say it because your post reminded me of those GOOD TIMES*.

    *(Liquor is bad and sends you to hell).



  • @DIV said in What is it that fills you with AWE?:

    People are awesome (yes even the communists).

    Thanx, m8.


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    @Indrid-Cold how nice ppl can be sometimes surprises me....maybe it's all about their mood 🤔



  • @DayShifter I couldn't have said it better myself. I once saw a double rainbow sitting in the valley of some mountains, and it looked exactly like some kinda sophisticated sci fi hologram ...and the sunsets... yes, mate. They're like those fancy hologram stickers you used to get in the 80's from Toys R Us, but free. 'Heliotropic'. Always puts me in mind of The Doors of Perception, where Aldous Huxley, stoned up on mescaline, just endlessly hypes up colours.



  • @AuroraFan That's scary. It's almost like nature saying, 'oh, you guys are so wrapped up in the mind / brain debate, you're forgetting that the mechanisms and the chemistry of the brain are still everything.



  • @Indrid-Cold said in What is it that fills you with AWE?:

    @Wolfie_11 said in What is it that fills you with AWE?:

    It never fails to amaze me the fine line between a stupid foul and a perfect nutmeg, or any of that 'one touch / half touch' stuff.

    I know right.

    I'm not the biggest fan of, say, Alexis Sanchez or Oxade Chamberlain, but you've got to admit, they've got it down to an art.

    They sure do. Sanchez and Chamberlain are (were) fast and furious with both of ‘em capable of going and finishing a solo run.

    And here's the thing about Joaquin Pheonix; I can never never remember how stuff like 'The Master' or 'Buffalo Soldiers' actually end, but I know when I watch them, they'll feel like my favourite films just cos he's in them.

    I see.

    And Gladiator? I want that film playing in my coffin, because I'll NEVER get bored of it.

    Damn. Finally.... Someone who understands that we mortals are but shadows and dust. Its indeed a CLASSIC.

    Why should you never buy your underpants in the Ukraine? Chernobyl fallout.

    Uhm... Every joke that I understand and makes me laugh like hell? Also, the Chernobyl disaster makes me awestruck too. 🙂






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