Watch the following video and reflect upon and describe two moments (2) in your life when you think you experienced Burke’s version of the sublime.
The first time I climbed a mountain in California
This was an example of the Sublime because I felt entirely insignificant, but not in a negative way. This was my first time hiking alone and my first time climbing a mountain in California. I was pretty high up, or at least high up enough where everything looked like Monopoly houses on a gameboard. Being so high up, barely able to see people walking down below, made my problems feel unimportant. Knowing there were so many other people down there in their houses dealing with their own problems felt liberating. I realized, well I must look tiny to the people below, standing here on this mountain. To them, my problems were insignificant. It really put things into perspective for me and reminded me that I shouldn’t take things too seriously. There’s much more beyond the thoughts in my head. I’m not the only person going through stuff.
The first time I heard the saying “thoughts are nothing but thoughts”
I was reading one of my self-help books “Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff” by Richard Carlson and there was this one chapter about how our thoughts are not necessarily our reality. Thoughts are just things we think up in our brains. That may not be particularly groundbreaking to most people, but to me it was. I often get so wrapped up in the thoughts in my head that it ends up affecting me negatively. Realizing that our thoughts are just these insignificant ideas floating around in our brains allowed me to slow down. There’s a whole reality out there beyond my panicky brain. My thoughts about how I’m gonna get a bad grade on my essay or about how I won’t like my college roommate are nothing but THOUGHTS. Our thoughts are such small things in this great big world of reality.