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Peace to you…

On Sunday it’s  International Day of Peace, 21 September. At the end of our last choir practice we sang a few songs to peace -it’s a scratch recording but you get the gist – Peace to you!

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‘Peace’ in 250+ languages  ©julesprichards

Amaze: with great wonder; astonish.
Amazement: a mixed emotion of extreme surprise or wonder; astonishment, bewilderment, perplexity, consternation…

Or, as they say, “awesome”: Inspiring or expressing awe – remarkable; outstanding…
Awe: a mixed emotion of reverence, respect, dread, and wonder inspired by authority, genius, great beauty, sublimity, or might

“When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe…”

“All the neighbours were filled with awe…”

“Everyone was amazed…”  “They were filled with awe…”

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I recently heard someone, a scientist, refer to what they saw as ‘awe-inspiring’.

To inspire awe? It’s a common notion, even in this age where we know how everything works and are masters of our own kingdoms. Supposedly.

An off the shelf definition: magnificent, amazing, astonishing, awesome, breathtaking, grand, impressive, majestic, mind-blowing, remarkable, stunning, wonderful…

Wikipedia quotes “Awe is an emotion comparable to wonder but less joyous… an overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration, fear, etc., produced by that which is grand, sublime, extreme…”

It quotes Paul Pearsall “…a sense of connection with a startling universe that is usually far beyond the narrow band of our consciousness.  …the 11th emotion, beyond those now scientifically accepted (i.e., love, fear, sadness, embarrassment, curiosity, pride, enjoyment, despair, guilt, and anger).”

Ah ’emotion’, that old chestnut.

What would the world be like without emotion?