Good Morning, God!
An entire Olmec Exhibit at the new Resnick Pavilion at LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) — Oh Joy! I have been fascinated by the huge Olmec Heads ever since I first saw photos of them years ago. So, it was a delight to be in their presence — to walk around them and ponder them.
They don’t fit into my, albeit sketchy, mental map of Times and Places. They don’t look like the People who followed them, the long headed Mayans and Aztecs. I wanted to ask them WHERE did you come from? Those full sensuous lips — the broad nose — the rectangular head — where else have I seen people like you?
The replica of an Olmec mural looks to me so contemporary — more like a cartoon of a man driving some sort of vehicle — perhaps because of the bright colors. Ah, God, the fun of imagining.
I like wondering, God. I like knowing that I DON’T know. I think back to the Chinese fleet that set sail in 1491 and rounded Africa before returning home. Learning about THAT was a surprise.
Mostly I go through my days thinking I know — thinking I know the basics at least. So finding giant gaps in my mental maps, while unsettling, is stimulating.
Another word would be humbling. It is humbling to discover how MUCH I don’t know. One big problem with ignorance — is that we don’t know we don’t know. So, God, I NEED more “exhibits”, more surprises, more of this sort of stimulation. Please, God, help me be more AWARE of the depth of my ignorance.