We have all experienced “that feeling”. The whispering rise of the unknown but exciting, something. A personal example would be the first time I tried roasted banana with ice. I knew it tasted something, and that it was interesting, but since it was so different from anything else, I couldn`t say if I liked it or not. I simply had too little information, and like Piaget wrote: When we experience something that doesn`t fit into existing schemas, we might create a totally new one. The new schema will then add new examples, thereby expanding our view of the world further. In terms of neuroscience, this would be described as new networks of neural connection that fire and wire together.
For me, much of life`s meaning is captured in these experiences. They can be uncomfortable, because it IS uncomfortable when you don`t know what`s going on. When the dust settles, I need to find out more about it.
Back to the example of banana and ice; The new experience woke my curiosity, and I discovered a new world of exciting tastes. Having an inclination for salt in my childhood, my palate wasn`t well-developed, and for many years I was sceptical to food I hadn`t tried before. Now I always order something new. I still eat my favorite food in reverence, but less often. I have even tried to cook myself, but my memories from school`s cooking classes, make cooking a low priority. Instead, I use my need to understand and create at work, socially or when I`m scrapbooking or writing. I found I`ve discovered so many interests that lay dormant for a while, these last years. I wasn`t much interested in classic literature, music or art, but now I try to soak in what I`ve missed.
“—if a painting really works down in your heart and changes the way you see, and think, and feel, you don’t think, ‘oh, I love this picture because it’s universal.’ ‘I love this painting because it speaks to all mankind.’ That’s not the reason anyone loves a piece of art. It’s a secret whisper from an alleyway. Psst, you. Hey kid. Yes you.”