Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand.

Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand.


Have you ever wondered?

The answer, of course, is yes. We wonder almost every day.

Some of the topics are trivial… wondering what we will order for breakfast, or whether a certain friend did something they said they were going to do, and the like.

Other topics are far more cerebral… Such as how the RBDs of SARS-CoV-2 spike proteins attach to a familiar protein called the ACE2 receptor, which adorns the outside of most human throat and lung cells.

Wonder is founded in curiosity and these unique qualities have driven the humans to become the dominant specie on planet Earth in our current state.  Wonder comes with fascination and fascination drives the insatiable curiosity that causes a mind to explore, consider, attempt, modify, rethink, and attempt again. 

The most fascinating thing about the mysteries of life are that the more we explore them, the deeper the mystery becomes. It follows the paradigm that the more we learn, the more ignorant we discover we truly are. Knowledge is infinite and it carries an attraction that drives all of us to explore. Our explorations fuel our inner desires. Those desires drive us deeper into the pool of knowledge in which we are currently swimming, and with each and every stroke in that pool comes a desire to swim further, look to greater distances and imagine new and more expansive ideas.

It truly is a never ending experience. We may come to a conclusion on whatever it was that we were exploring. That conclusion may lead to outstanding experiences and results of magnitude. But inevitably, those are really just the next jumping off points for the next round of exploration. Over time, we are able to witness how each of those steps lead to the next, and how each fueled the subsequent mission to surpass all that was known in favor of a new paradigm in which new territory has been reached and comprehended. 

The single biggest enemy of wonder is devout ignorance. In the course of the chapters of human history, we witness countless experiences in which a specific ruling power opted to maintain ignorance in the population that they ruled over, in order that they may use the ignorance of the populace to continue to keep that population under their dominant control. This method has been employed since the beginning of communication, and has prevailed as one of the core methods of dominating a group of human beings. In their ignorance, comes a more malleable tribe that is willing to subjugate their liberty and freedom in favor of promises of security, salvation and redemption. If ignorance enables a more intelligent and more devious human to dominate others, then it is no wonder that they will reduce all stimulation that will give their tribe cause to wonder about alternate solutions to living.

During the pandemic, ignorance was leveraged in countless ways to ensure discord between people in order that the ability to rule those people might be maintained. Rather than a society working together to defeat a solution, we fractured into multiple points of view, each with a private agenda, solely determined that in spreading their perspective, they may garner more humans into their point of view and thereby defeat the others who were working to solve the problem. We watched scientists trying to explain what they were finding, and others instantly refuting them as being tools of a ruling entity that was trying to dominate a society, rather than to save lives. 

In the end, it has been and always will be wonder that prevails in the human being. It is core to our existence. It drives our daily routine and it prevails time and time again as the catalyst that propels us head first into the future.

If we had not wondered in the early 60’s if we might be able to land a human being on the moon, none of us would know who Neil Armstrong was. Standing on the shoulders of his bravery have come countless new heroes, each with their passion to understand driving them to ever deeper, more complicated experiences.

Happy Thursday!

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Written by Brian Weiner
When I was 5 years old, I discovered that the lemon tree in the backyard + dixie cups + water and sugar and I was in business. I have been hooked on that ever since. In 1979, I borrowed $14,000 to create a brand new product... photographic greeting cards with no text on the inside, called Paradise Photography. That was the start of The Illusion Factory. Since then, The Illusion Factory has been entrusted by all of the major studios and broadcasters with the advertising and marketing of over $7 billion in filmed, live, broadcast, gaming, AR, VR and regulated gaming forms of entertainment, generating more than $100 Billion in revenue and 265 awards for creativity and technology for our clients. When I took a break from film school at UCLA to move to Hawaii, my mother did not lecture me. Instead, she took 150 of her favorite aphorisms and in her beautiful calligraphy, wrote them artistically throughout a blank journal. That is the origin of the Lessons from the Mountain series. Since then, on my journeys to the top of a mountain to watch the sunrise, I have spent countless hours contemplating words of wisdom from the sages of all races, genders and political persuasions, constantly accumulating the thoughts to guide me on my life path. I hope you enjoy my books. Please let me know your thoughts, as I highly value your feedback!