When we think of the Middle East, our stereotypical idea includes a lot of color, action, vibrancy. Perhaps that is where the romance in the romantic notions of the region comes from: the contrast against what we perceive to be our own staid, stable, sometimes dreary (certainly climactically chillier) versions of existence.
But this photo, which I choose to share mostly just because it is beautiful and I’m feeling, at this moment, still and quiet and happy with the world, should show a different, wetter, more stable and simple idea of life ‘over there.’
Maybe it’s not just life ‘over there.’ Maybe it is life as a whole . . . or the way we want to see it, to look at it. Pulsing and full at times. Quiet and contemplative at others. Always with the possibility to reveal, somewhere, a hidden gem of gracefulness.
I challenge you, dear readers, to probe your set ideas and to discard most of those that come with labels. That’s what I’ve been tryingt to do here, at NQR.
There’s always another story, another perspective. There’s always a way to find beauty around you (or at least a good chuckle). Either of those two things will dull the edge of the worst dangers in our world.