First impressions do count. They are, in fact, seminal. If you are the sort of person that is able to look others in the eyes then whether or not they return your question becomes immaterial. Fear often prevents eye-contact. Respect, too. However, I would suggest that meeting another’s gaze – even for a few moments – will do you and them, wonders. In a case of respect, looking down after saying hello will demonstrate humility. And yes, humility is very important in a world like this. That does not ever mean you need to feel ‘lesser’ or be subservient to any other being, or put their opinions or needs above yours. Yours – are as important as the man’s standing next to you.
Impressions are what is left behind, as such. You can recall a strong impression in minute detail if you concentrate. First impressions are like red wine-stains – they take some washing out. Some may even remain forever. Like scars. Or blood. Blood – when you have seen enough of it – always makes an impression. A deep one. A voice makes an impression. The way a smell makes an impression. One that can last a lifetime, in fact. And some lives are very, very long.
When Alice first hit Wonderland she noticed the pea that had been sleeping under her mattress for the past months. The pea apologised profusely for the bruises she had caused Alice and they went to make an impression. They thought the best place for that would be at the palace of the Queen(s) of Heart. They were right. Fortunately, the pea made it into one of the Queen’s delicious soups and Alice was invited to partake of the fare. She saved the pea and sent the Old Queen into orbit. That is the way Alice works.
Culture is important to those that have one. A culture develops through the centuries and is dependent on its people living, its ancestors. We all have ancestors. Some are just better remembered than others. There is little that is interesting about those people lacking a fundamental history about which they can feel personally proud, no matter what that history entailed. We have all experienced exploitation and violence in our times. We have all had to swallow our pride at one time or another. Should your culture be dull and empty of resonance, that can be considered a problem of sorts. There are ways to remedy this deficiency, but they are few and far between.
A good way to begin the remedying of a dying culture is to give it a place in your future. Find out what you are, who is in you. The coding of your DNA can give you this information. Once you know the scope of your coding then you need to contemplate how much of your person has evolved through nurture – and what percentage of you is a given from Nature. These kinds of names and numbers are important if you wish to survive a cultural extinction.
There is an absolute strength and a deep humility in an established culture. It is the balance of these factors – amidst others – that determines the success and reach of a culture’s influence. A beautiful people generally have a beautiful culture. If you can recognise beautiful people you will intuitively understand that. Those with beautiful cultures live with the knowledge that the connection they have with their past is what will carry them into the future. We can all learn from those people.
Waxing and waning. Ebbing and flowing. These are the tunes of a moon. Part of a moon’s mystery. If moons could speak can you imagine what they would say? They would have a lot to say, that is for certain. I believe that translating the moon’s illumination would yield a truth rich in emphasis and understatement. Moons are humble with their majesty.
Is a moon male, or female? There is the man on the moon, his testimony. Testimony from a man is very different to testimony from a woman. This is something that should always be remembered. Perhaps the energy field that suspends a moon in orbit is female. Perhaps the essence of a moon is female. It does matter.
A new moon. A full moon. Howling wolves silhouetted on hilltops. Feeding vampires caught neckside by moonbeams. Angels riding the high tide. Demons sleeping, deep. Our moon has many friends in this world. Many admirers. It has always been this way. A moon inspires awe in the right people. The right people know who they are; and they are lucky.