Incense Sticks – Shanghai, China.

It is impossible to escape the impression that people commonly use false standards of measurement — that they seek power, success and wealth for themselves and admire them in others, and that they underestimate what is of true value in life.

          Sigmund Freud

I don’t have any idols. Soon enough — they will let you down. First, the ones in the sky, and then — those below. The ones with six strings and the ones on 70 mm might follow too. And who’s stopping the ones with broken nibs or vibrating vocal chords? They’re not very different. I’m told to expect little and I won’t get disappointed. I try expecting nothing. Somehow, that doesn’t work either. And I’m back at where I started.

Hallgrímskirkja Church – Iceland.

Thankfully, this week’s challenge isn’t about ‘idols’ or ‘worship’. It’s about admiration. The two aren’t mutually exclusive. It’s easy to get confused. Here’s what a search says,

  • respect and warm approval.
  • something regarded as impressive or worthy of respect.
  • pleasurable contemplation.
Along Jia Bhorelli – Assam, India.

By this definition, there are many people whom I admire. People we’ve met on our travels, (my)parents whom I’ve disagreed with, siblings I’ve squabbled with, and even friends I’ve forgotten about. I could write about them. Or not.

In Deep Thought – Nubra Valley, India.
Have you ever felt the longing for someone you could admire?
For something, not to look down at, but up to?
Ayn Rand

Basil and I have never held the same view on a given topic. We constantly argue about which country we should visit or whether a particular ‘point of view‘ was accurate or lopsided. We don’t share a similar taste in movies or books. I like gritty and real; he likes science fiction or fantasy. I’m an idealist with a cynical view of the world — who finds it hard not to talk about it. And he’s a pragmatist who doesn’t let the world or its slant affect him. We’re like two parallel tracks — never destined to meet. Some may call that a marriage.

And probably, what has bothered me the most, is that, he can do anything without the need to be passionate about it. It’s never been the case with me. If I don’t like something; I don’t do it. And if I do love something; I get consumed by it.

Twobrownfeet – Nameri National Park, India.
“There is an innocence in admiration; it is found in those to whom it has never yet occurred that they, too, might be admired some day.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

Basil has been a silent contributor to our blog. The ‘silent one‘ behind those inspiring visuals. No matter where we are, even if we’re sick with AMS or walked for 10 Km, he rarely fails with his lens.  On a bad writing day, I can trust his work to get a post through. Sometimes, I wonder, if that’s the only reason for getting posts through. And every time, I select a visual for a post or a challenge, I see what I had missed all along.The passion was always there. I wasn’t looking in the right place.


Posted by:twobrownfeet

Writer-Photographer Duo. Now in Seoul.

12 replies on “Yin and Yang

  1. I haven’t been able to decide on a post for this week yet, maybe because a lot of what you’ve said I agree with. There’s probably something to be admired in all of us. I suspect you and Basil admire each other’s differences tremendously!
    Great post and I love the pics 🙂

    1. Couldn’t agree more. I think our differences work in our favour. Although,it’s not always a smooth ride. 🙂 We do admire each other, but rarely speak about it. I wasn’t sure of the reaction I’d get to this post. I’m glad you liked it! 🙂 Have a good week!

  2. Thoughtful post, I quite enjoyed it. I suspect I’m a bit of a cross between you and Basil, maybe a little more on the Basil side. Maybe that’s appropriate; I do both the photography and the writing, but a lot of the time the photographs inspire the writing.

    1. Glad you did, Dave! When I read your posts, I could see you’re more like Basil (or he’s like you 🙂 ). We’ve, both, got a background in science (Physics), but I didn’t enjoy science fiction or fantasy. I prefer scientific documentaries. Although, that’s changed a lot. I’ve been seeing a lot more science fiction, in the past year.
      His photographs do inspire my writing. And we switch sides – often. Haven’t been able to get him to write a post, yet. I’d like to see his side of the story. And that’s a good idea for a post! 🙂

  3. you two guys rock together … and I admire you for that 🙂 passion can be expressed in different ways and you’ve obviously turned those differences into an asset keeping this wonderful blog 🙂

    1. Thanks, Alex! 🙂 I truly liked what you said. “Making our differences work into an asset!” It’s something that keeps us going – our blog. When we’re really down, we look at our blog. Makes us feel as if there’s something that we’ve done right. And it feels so good to be appreciated by people of different ages and cultures! You surely know how to make our day, Alex! 🙂

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