I've pondered the following question for a while now:
Is the act of 'being amazed', selfish?
Often, we as people, see extraordinary things every day. We might see a woman juggling 8 sticks of fire on the street. We might hear a man sing five octaves. We might even hear about a woman who has discovered a safe and possible way to clone a human being. The other day, while sitting though a music department recital, a performer went up to the stage and completely blew me away. Immediately, I thought, "Wow, that's simply incredible." I then paused, backed-up that thought, and wondered why I was so amazed. The conclusion was easy: Well, I certainly couldn't do it.
This made me think. Are we ever amazed at something because it is simply amazing, or are we amazed at things that we know we could not do? Does the switch from 'good' to 'impressive' turn on when it passes the point of what WE can do?
Why is Michael Jackson's trademarked Moonwalk so impressive?
Is it because most of us can honestly say that we cannot do it? And those that can do it had taken to while to even begin to grasp the concept?
Food for thought.