Pokemon and Wonder

Pokemon Go has become all the rage since its release. Full disclosure – all I really know about the app is from looking over my brother’s shoulder. But seeing a little bird-thing sitting on the hood of my car was highly amusing.

It’s interesting how popular an app that inserts animated mythical creatures into real life has become. But honestly, mankind has been looking for the fantastic within the mundane since time immemorial. Where did you think the mythos of Dryads, Naiads, fauns, fairies, and the rest come from?

We see the world and ache to discover something more than normal, everyday life. We long to pull back the veil and find a world alive with wonder. It is so easy to get caught up in the doom and gloom from the news, or the dreary constant of work and sleep, each week rushing toward those blessed two days of freedom a week. Into this comes an app that tries to make the mundane new again – a little bit of wimsy that if it does its job well will make people stop, and look, and maybe see that thing they’ve passed by every day for the past two years in a new light.

Because really, wonder is one of the things that makes life worth living.

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