Where you grow up, the physical space, affects you forever. I have something that all dwellers of the Great Below share—an attuned sense of touch. A stone under the fingers of one from our society reveals far more than one fondled by those who know only life on the Surface. Granite, quartzite, gypsum; they all have a unique character of their own. Further details—a bulge here, a fracture in the grain—reveal the individual aspects of each stone. We are able to see their personalities, and that is something invisible to Surface dwellers.
But, am I ranting of the superiority of those in the Deeps? Have I ever been known as one to rant, and particularly about such distasteful philosophies? Haha, rhetorical question of course!
There is, of course, another side to this thought. On the Surface, a Mouser may find himself or herself at an unexpected disadvantage. While our sense of touch is exceptional, the world above is flooded in light and, consequently, the emphasis on light and color are vastly more developed. It may take a Mouser years to hone his or her senses to something approaching what the Surface dweller’s eye takes in with ease.
The source of my musings is a video I highly suggest all young Mouser agent hopefuls study: “Elemental” by the director Kogonada (an unusual name even by Surface standards).
My senses were excited by the magnificent textures—I could feel them under my fingertips. Then it struck me that I happen to sit in a rather fortunate place where I’ve honed my sense of vision to a point where I am able to imagine a texture merely by seeing it. It is filmed so beautifully that I found it quite easy, in fact. For that reason I thought, “Ah! Just the thing for young ones to develop their skills!” So, students, look at these images and imagine the texture, bridge those sections of your mind and find a new world available to you!