I just started reading a beautifully written book by Akiko Busch about invisibility, "How to Disappear: Notes on Invisibility in a Time of Transparency."
I'm sure I'll have more to say about the book as I get further into it, but here's a taste of Busch's writing from the Introduction.
It reminded me of what I said in the post I wrote yesterday about us human beings not being aware of the deep dark unconscious sea that lies beneath the light bright waves of conscious awareness -- and in truth is those waves, since everything arises from the brain's hugely complex goings-on, virtually all of which we're clueless about.
Because of course, of course, we all traffic in the unseen, all the time, every day. The extravagances of surveillance and social media may lead us to believe otherwise, but what we believe in and the ideas to which we commit ourselves are unseen, as are all our emotional ties and spiritual convictions.
Perhaps, too, our interest in invisibility stems from how we hide from ourselves -- how our desires, fears, hopes, and motives are concealed so deeply beneath our conscious lives and actions.
Just as we have come to understand that the light visible to us is only one small section of the electromagnetic spectrum, we know that immense segments of human knowledge and experience remain unseen. The world around us is an encyclopedia of the discreet.
As David Mitchell wrote in Cloud Atlas, "Power, time, gravity, love. The forces that really kick ass are all invisible." The ubiquity of the word invisible is growing.