As speakers go, the one in “The Waking” is pretty amazed. We sort of imagine him stumbling all over the natural world, bug-eyed and giddy about all the dirt, trees, worms, and light he observes. This feeling of awe—about nature, life, and our experience on this planet—is really central to what the speaker is trying to convey to us, too. He may take his waking slow, but now that his eyes are open, he’s trying to get us to see the world as the amazing creation that he sees it to be. The world around us is an eye-opening treat—even better than coffee!
Questions are the tools of humble adventurers into the world of ideas. Forward, ho!
The more you learn, the less awe you feel. Sad, right?