Here’s what confusion means to Pixabay, and what this can tell us about how we ought to live our lives. (Okay, not really.)
Pixabay is my favourite stock image website, possibly because it’s the only one whose name I can remember.
I use a lot of stock images, and some of them are brilliant. Most of the ones with people, however, are not.
“Yes, I am an actor being paid to pretend to type on this laptop/stare dreamily into space/look appropriately horrified at the size of that hamburger.”
If you’re after an image of a sunset or a forest or a mountain, Pixabay can help you.
What surprises me is what it comes up with when you search for an abstract concept. Fear. Hope. Pain. (Why, oh why does “pain” come up with what looks like chocolate inside a croissant?)
I have a (probably terrible) theory that analysing the images that come up for such concepts will yield deep insights into the human psyche.
Alternatively, it might make me feel weird and a bit itchy.
Still, we should test it out. Today’s word is “confusion”.
The wrong tools
What impresses me about this image is how far in the bolt(?) screw(?) has been driven by the hammer.
We could take from this image, “Use the right tools or you’ll look like an idiot and not get your nail in”, but we wouldn’t be looking deep enough.
I think the message is this: “It doesn’t matter what tools you have. Use enough force and persistence and you will defeat that wood.”**
Some people take this approach to life. They might be better off switching their wrench for a hammer.
The confused animal
This is one bewildered looking deer.
Perhaps it can’t understand the behaviour of its in-laws. Not many people (or deer) can.
This picture tells us confusion is not a human construct. Animals have been stumbling confused across the earth since the first dinosaur incinerated the single-celled organisms that came before it.
(Or was that the first dragon? Sometimes I get confused.)
We need to stop trying avoid confusion, and instead embrace it as a natural part of existence.
Or perhaps go back to bed.
A traffic light gives us multiple conflicting instructions and we break down in confusion.
There’s only one possible interpretation: we pay too much attention to what others tell us.
“Don’t run with scissors.”
What if I’m in a hurry to get somewhere with my scissors? I could be running to save the world from red tape. Until you know, don’t judge.
“Don’t read too late on a school night.”
Easy for you to say. You’re not the one leaving the characters stranded on a sinking ship that’s on fire and being circled by man-eating sharks in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean in winter. Sometimes reading until 3am is the lesser of two evils.
Be an independent thinker. Leap without looking.
A tiny lost fellow
I have no idea who this little guy is, but he’s adorable and he looks very sad.
When you’re not as tall as a daisy (one of my favourite flowers), the world must be a bewildering place.
Also, it’s hard to walk when you have only one foot.
** No innuendo intended.
What represents confusion to you?
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