| To "amaze," to affect with great wonder, to astonish, to perplex. The city does this to me, also. But, how can you say that something as great as a mountain or an ocean does not amaze you? Life in itself is amazing. Ayn Rand herself was amazed with life. Although she never specified anything about the "natural" part of the world, I don't think it's possible to be amazed by life if it's only by a small part of what life entails. The city not only amazes me for the fact that its skyline is beautiful, but I think one thing that I stop and think about is that man erected the city of Chicago and every other city everywhere without any other outside force but himself and machines. That amazes me, which I'm sure it also does you. I am amazed at the mountains and the ocean, though, simply for it's beauty and nothing else. The way a mountain stands so tall and strong, as if it has so much pride. (That is, if it were possible for a thing such as a mountain to have pride.) Think about, for example, Mt. Rushmore, how amazing it is to look at the four presidents heads in awe to know that a man sculpted these intricate faces. It wouldn't have been so amazing, though, if the rock that the sculptor, Gutzon Borglum, used to carve these faces out of was not so vast and did not stand so tall and strong. I stand in awe at the rock itself first, and then at the accomplishment of this man. |
Most of the time even the little things in life amaze me, like it being possible for an enormous pine tree to grow as large as it does from a simple, diminutive seed. Also, just as Sarah said, physics also amazes me. As of now, I sure as hell can barely understand any of it, but the small portion of it that I do, the formulas that determine gravity and force and speed, that's also just as amazing as a building, although maybe in a different sense. Anyway---this is my first post EVER, so sorry if it came out to be a little long and not as good as it could be. But anyso-bottom line, William--don't be amazed at only a minute part of life, but everything else that makes the small part to also be so amazing.