Saturday, January 15, 2011
What, you have to wonder, would ever make a person think, "Gee, I bet if I made a crystal phone, I bet people would buy it!" I just can't imagine thinking that -- or, less still, buying one. But then, I don't live in a world populated and decorated with mahogany, crystal and mirrors.
Would I buy a phone made of iridescent raku pottery, or wood? I might -- or I'd at least be more likely to buy that than crystal. Which is yet another example of the way what we see is colored by what we know.
Which means, I think, that if we are ever to understand other people's thoughts and decisions, we have to be willing to step out of our comfort zones; to explore unfamiliar territory, and expose ourselves to other ways of seeing, being, and believing. And, in the process, we probably need to leave our judging voice behind -- you know, the one that says, "OMG, that's so tacky!" or "What was she THINKING?" or even "You have GOT to be KIDDING me."
Somehow we have to learn to trust that others who make decisions different from our own are not stupid or misinformed; that they may be operating out of a different awareness, different knowledge, a different set of parameters... And if the resulting decisions actually offend you -- well, you might need to ask what's really going on inside you; who is it in you that's offended; why is your reaction so intense, and what does it say about what's going on elsewhere in your life.
Having said all that -- well, I still wouldn't buy this crystal phone: it just wouldn't fit in my house. But I had fun photographing it, and it actually added a lot of charm to that table in the hotel. I have to admire the people who decided to create it and knew where to market it (though I have no clue what they must have had to charge for it). And I love that it actually works: How cool is that!
Posted by Diane Walker at 9:51 AM