I’ve always noticed that people who live in cities and/or spend all of their time with the TV and computer games have poor hearing, but today tipped it for me. I noticed this more fully today when I was on campus. Sitting against a pole, I noticed a red-tailed hawk sitting atop some stadium lights that overlook the track. Not a single person who walked or drove by in the half hour or so I sat there noticed him/her. Most of them were so loud! Forget the idiots blasting their car radios at a decible level rivaling the jets flying overhead; more than once I was jarred by people over 50 yards away having conversations so loud that I could hear every word. Tom Brown Jr. is definitely right about shutting up being important to seeing everything. If you’re loud and rushing everywhere, you’ll miss all the fun stuff around you.
When I told my girlfriend about it, she shared a similar story about a beautiful rainbow over the quad that went largely unnoticed.
Anyone else notice civilized peoples’ tendency not to notice things?