The Structure of Wealth and Wonder / by Chris Maynard

 Emerald Star Star . 15" x 12" . ocellated turkey feather and tiny feathers from a peacock

Emerald Star Star . 15" x 12" . ocellated turkey feather and tiny feathers from a peacock

 

Wealth is not the same as having money. Certainly we can trade money for stuff and experience but what for? What we really want to mean by wealth is that elusive creature called happiness. Besides having enough for basic needs and in addition to having satisfying relations, happiness is in part, the ability to let in awe and wonder. And wonder is an ability to step outside oneself, if just for a moment. Wonder is fostered through a reluctance to summarize; a hesitancy to put observations into boxes. It is feeling safe enough not to judge.