Beauty of the World

By Peter Darcy | On Dec 25, 2015 | No Comments | In Dogs

As described by Trixie:

The world is beautiful place.

Don’t mean just big beautiful like starry sky. Like Grand Canyon. Like Painted Desert. Like crazy-huge beautiful ocean brings all kinds smelly things to shore, and you sniff, sniff, sniff, and maybe eat one and then throw up.

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Mean also small beautiful like shell of ladybug. Like color of carrots and shape of pears. Like moon all broken into shiny pieces on water. Like gorgeous black dog nose, pebble-textured and cold.

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To see beauty of world, you must really, really, really look. Not look through. Not look at. Must look into.

Most of time, you look at tree and see new car you want or problem at work. Not good. Is looking through, mind too busy to see.

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Okay. Onward to bliss.

Why so hard for humans to learn to look into things, see beauty everywhere?

One reason: desire. Humans mostly think about that they want next. Always thinking what is wanted next, you live in future, never in now. Can’t see beauty of world, which is now, if you are full of desire for what you want next Tuesday.

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Dogs never know what comes next. Always surprised. Might be skin infection, might be entire meatloaf dropped on floor. No point in dog having desire because dogs can’t control future.

[Dean Koontz, Bliss to You (Hyperion: New York, NY, 2008), p. 26, 27, 32, 37, 38.]

Written by Peter Darcy

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