Have you ever heard the word “Gloaming” before? I had not seen it until I started writing this text.
I wanted a word that would have the meaning of something that is going away, that is fading, like a sunset.
So I “googled” similar words, like “dusk” and “twilight”, and I got “gloaming” as a synonym for those.
“Wonder” was a little easier, but I checked the meaning anyhow, and I got “to speculate curiously”.
Perfect, I got a title with a nice ring to it, and an obscure word that may attract some readers.
So, let’s go to the point here: Years ago, when we were talking about a certain topic, and we got stuck on something, we used to discuss possible answers… to consider different scenarios… to wonder. Not anymore.
I will give a few examples:
– Today I was with Liz at a restaurant and we liked to song that was playing, but we could not recognize it. She popped her phone, opened an app that listens to a song and recognizes it. Immediately we had the answer.
– Yesterday we were trying to remember the name of the main actor in the 70’s movie “Taxi Driver”, and Al Pacino kept coming to our mind, but we knew it was wrong. So we “googled”, and found that it was Robert de Niro (I always mix those two).
I could go on and on with the list, but the point is that we lost that exercise that lies between the trivial and the philosophical, of looking for an answer.
I would agree that finding the answers quickly is way more practical than wondering, but there was something rewarding in that process, some intellectual workout that kept Alzheimer’s away.
Wondering has been around forever.
I was reading the Bible the other day and I came to this passage when Jesus asks the disciples who the people thought he was. I can imagine that people were wondering “who is that guy that says and does such amazing things?”
Since computers and smartphones were less popular at that time, they had to develop their own conclusions: some thought he was a prophet, some that he was Elijah, or Jeremiah, or John the Baptist. But Peter got it right: “You are the Son of the living God”
If it was today, one could Google that question: “who is Jesus?”, and the best answer that would come up would be the one He personally gave: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through me.”
I wonder what that means to you… and I can’t search that… only you can.