When everything is awesome, nothing is…

… Few things are considered awe inspiring yet it seems everything is “awesome”. When “awesome” is used to describe the most mundane of things in everyday speech the word loses meaning; I had an awesome burrito for dinner last night versus the awesome power of God. To be struck with awe is to have a reverential respect mixed with fear or wonder. When we say everything is awesome that means nothing really is. You know, like when everyone is considered “special”.

Paganini’s 24 Caprices are awesome. The Sistine Chapel is awesome.

The night sky is awesome. The star filled night sky, not the blotted out sky you see from cities and most suburbs. I wonder sometimes if man’s inability to be awed is due in large to the missing night sky. Where have the heavens gone?

Taurid Meteor Shower over Yellowstone – National Geographic

When I hear biblical analogies of light and darkness I try to recall the total darkness felt before the advent of electricity. How much more profound those analogies were compared to now where we can vanquish the dark with the flip of a switch and blot out the sky. Nothing makes us feel smaller than being isolated in the vastness of night under an infinite canopy of stars that stretch forever.

Milky Way over Moab, Utah

Anyway, don’t mind me. I’m just rambling and feeling melancholic.

About Katrina Fernandez

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  • Katie O’Keefe

    I have often thought the same thing.

  • tj.nelson

    I think you are awesome. I thought that the first time I saw your face…
    All the men who read you think the same thing. I’m certain of it. Those dark, limpid eyes, a fathomless abyss of mystery and enchantment… awesome.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/thecrescat Katrina Fernandez

      You sarcastic little whelp.

  • http://www.facebook.com/timcanny Tim Canny
  • Christian LeBlanc

    “He who defends everything defends nothing.” Frederick the Great.

  • Dr. Eric

    I used to be able to play a guitar arrangement of this piece. I was good enough to pass in a bar band and impress half inebriated people, but I was not nearly as awesome as Heifetz

  • ponerology

    You ask where the heavens have gone? They’re no longer visible because the white mush being sprayed in the sky every day (called “chemtrails” in the vernacular) is likely obscuring your view. A gentleman by the last name of Carnicom has done an extensive bit of work on chemtrails. You can find his stuff on you tube. G. Edward Griffin recently helped produce a DVD called “What in the World Are They Spraying?” and I believe a man by the name of Michael Murphy is coming out with a documentary right about now…