Eyes wide open / Ojos completamente abiertos

“To be surprised, to wonder, is to begin to understand…. Everything in the world is strange and marvelous to well-open eyes.”. José Ortega y Gassett, The Revolt of the Masses


Mosaic fountain, east garden, Getty Villa, Malibu, California (2016)

(English version follows below) La mente humana pareciera oscilar entre dos estados opuestos:consciencia e inconsciencia.  En el uno, estamos atentos con los cinco sentidos afilados y vigilantes. En el otro, nos sumergimos en una suerte de niebla soporífica y nuestra mente anda de su cuenta. Con el uno, el placer es más placer cuando hay placer y el dolor no se disputa, si hay dolor. Con el segundo, hacemos daño a otros y nos hacemos daños nosotros mismos, sin querer queriendo. La consciencia es disfrute pleno. La inconsciencia es un pálido reflejo del disfrute y eso me recuerda  a aquellos personajes oscuros de la película final de Stanley Kubrick, “Eyes wide shut”. Aquel hombre y aquella mujer -esposos en la película- van en una búsqueda frenética del placer pero terminan llegando a una calle sin salida, sobreviviendo a duras penas sus propios devaríos aventureros *


Human minds appear to adopt a state somewhere in-between two opposite states: consciousness and unconsciousness.  In the former, we are fully attentive, all our five senses in-tune with our external reality. In the latter, we let our minds soak in a dense fog. Pleasure is more of a tangible experience when we are fully alert, and pain is more readily embraced -if there is pain.  When we dwell in unconsciousness, we actually hurt ourselves or others even if we are not aware of it. While consciousness leads to full enjoyment, unconsciousness produces only caricatures of enjoyment. That reminds me of those characters of the final movie made by Stanley Kubrick: “Eyes Wide Shut”.  In that movie, a husband and a wife engage in a frantic search of pleasure only to end up in a dead-end road, barely surviving their poorly conceived adventures *

Author: Constantino

A Chemical Engineer born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. He has worked for the oil refining industry in threes countries under different capacities. With photography and writing as hobbies, he has traveled the world (and has still to settle somewhere). Loves movies, Latin Jazz, black coffee and red wine... Kampai!

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