I like doing the odd jigsaw, not the ones with a lot of sky in though. In fact I don’t mind those so much if there are different hues or clouds or an aeroplane or some such other item of interest to break the monotony of the mass of atmosphere that is just there. I especially enjoy doing jigsaws that feature the Taj Mahal, but that is a personal preference and should not be used in a psychological profile of me. Just in case any of you doing profiling for a hobby.
Coincidentally enough, I tend to live my life based around the rules of jigsaw, not that I separate the corner pieces out first, although that may help in the long run, but would be rather time consuming. I mean in the way that I interpret life. Each day we get bombarded with words and images from various media. In fact noise everywhere, radios, TVs, then there are billboards, magazines, I-Pods and all that other stuff. Isn’t it all just a bit distracting?
The variety of references coming from every direction, does on the positive side always keep our brain active, I mean we have to filter that 90% of superfluous rubish out, all the celebrity news, throwaway pop culture and Saturday night TV. There is however one stock TV phrase that always seems to pop up, most usually in shows that have some fantasy element and that is: ‘the world is more fantastical than you can imagine’ , which is all well and good until you remember you have work in the morning.
Not to bring this post down with a to cynical air, I am happy to add that this phrase is completely and utterly true. I sight as my proof the huge diamond caves below ground in Mexico, the as yet undiscovered creatures in volcanoes or beneath the poles, the real location of the Greek Hades around the Bay of Naples or the Electric Brae – a place in Scotland where it appears cars can freewheel uphill, and so on and so forth.
So anyway back to my original point of the jigsaw. Being such a voracious type of reader I often get that feeling when reading something that a name of a place or person strikes a vague chord, which of course means spending an inordinate amount of time searching for said reference and eventually finding it in a National Geographic from years ago. I like that sort of bookish hunting, the thrill of the chase. The internet spoilt research, where is the thrill and frustration of backtracking through piles of paper when you can call up information in seconds? Fair enough it’s always good to find out online whatever was bugging me after an extensive search but the fact that I puzzle out where that reference is and test my memory is a lot better than the actual answer a lot of the time.
At least three people I know have heard me say the sentence, ‘history is politics, is science, is religion, is the arts, etc’, and I like learning that way, making connections to obscure facts that I’ve sucked into my head over the years. Even if it was from an Erich Von Daniken aliens created us book for example, which is always worth a read just to understand the madcap theories. Or perhaps I just like to have a wide range of reference points in case they come in handy for a pub quiz.
nonetheless now that I have forgotten the purpose of this post, which has turned into a bit of a free flow or random ideas I shall sum up with this, everything that happens is connected in obvious ways but sometimes the most enjoyment can come from connecting obscure things from random pieces throughout world history and having what I would would think is a completely unique view of the universe through these connections.