The picture book Zoom, provides an exquisite example of this. It is both simple and striking. Take time to wonder as you look at each image, because once you turn each page, there is no going back. Your perception has been altered,
While there might not be all that many aspects of life in which we can say there are infinite possibilities, there are perhaps infinite opportunities for our perceptions to be altered, affecting the course of our future path, and just as importantly, the paths of others with which we collide.
Tuan (2017) suggests that "while infinities have made numerous contributions to the advancement of human civilization, they also have the potential to create problems". The author goes on to highlight that "They stimulate our imaginations and create new possibilities that were previously inconceivable", but, as with many of us, Tuan prefers the known and certain ideaology of the 'finite,' over the unknown and uncertain ideology of the 'infinite'.
If we too, as educators, mentors, parents, whanau and caregivers, also feel this way, then it puts us in a bit of a predicament. We are teaching in and for a rapidly changing world, where perceptions of what is, and what could be, are being challenged more and more. (Hannah Hudson, shares some provocative thinking on this.) The issue is, that we are preparing children now, for a future which will hold little resemblance to the world in which we were children ourselves, yet we respond to this ever increasing change, in ways which feel 'safe' and 'familiar', sticking to those which sit well within our own worldview and which are often reminiscent of our collective yet finite, past experiences ('Modern' Learning Environments anyone?).