The tendency during events of unspeakable horror, especially when our access to it is filtered through the noise of the way in which the internet disseminates information, is to be numb and not to let these events touch our hearts. If we habitually turn away and allow a scar of apathy to constrict our most vulnerable and powerful organ we perpetuate and participate in the culture of violence which daily leaks into our lives either directly or remotely or both.
One of the great joys of living where we live is the fence with our neighbours. It’s nothing to look at. It’s an artifact from the 1970’s. A plain dilapidated wooden picket fence. It’s 3ft tall and offers a clear view through the tangle of my neglected verge to our neighbours well manicured english garden. Unlike most fences in the neighbourhood this fence does not prevent contact all together but in fact offers my kids access to all the beauty of boundaries and the power of relationships.
Intuition in popular culture is represented as a kind of supernatural knowledge that saves us from impending doom, or as the whispering of angels on our shoulders. It's vague, tends to have negative scientific connotations and has a whiff of magic about it. So does that mean it is not real? Certainly not! Better yet everyone always already and constantly has access to it. We simply have a poor understanding of the intuitive process and how to regulate it.
The Science of Intuition by Maria Papova from Brainpicks.org. This is a fantastic article compacted with a lot of delightful and education references on the question of intuition as it is explored in the book Answers for Aristotle: How Science and Philosophy Can Lead Us to A More Meaningful Life
I consistently love Maria Popova's writing on her website and I often encourage people to go look at possibly the most browsable online collection of interesting and off beat books.