Does our verbal communication skills gave us more attention and better notion about the past and future, after being able to narrate about our past experiences and future expectation?
Maybe for this reason cows, cats or any other animal there are no stories, which are narrative about happening in an other time. Their attention is about the moment and that is it. And by living the moment they may be more connected to their senses, pleasures and even to things and reality itself. While we are distracted about words we used to describe, narrate and interpret our experiences and reality.
For Wittgenstein, words create mental pictures in order to transmit ideas, and so meaning, narrative or description about things. Since we find through words an effective way to picture things to who with we communicate, we also tend to believe that through words we can understand things, reality, experiences, meanings, usefulness, by picturing them to ourselves. But for Wittgenstein words are misleading. Our attention to them take us away to experience things themselves, experiences themselves, reality itself. Or putting in an other way, to our senses.
Mundane would probably be the translation and metaphor through words we give to everything in order to communicate them to others, as a way to judge, find their usefulness or meaning in a meaningless world.
The direct contact or attention to our sensory experience, would actually be the opposite to mundane but connect us to "God".
How is it so?
According to Spinoza, God is an energy contained in everything alive or not. It is the source or origin of everything that exists. Since it is the source of everything, everything has its "energy" or "God" within.
By saying that, he believed that the more connected we are to things itself through our senses (which are the way we experience the world outside our body) the more we are connected to God (inside of everything including us).
This may be why taking photographs like this are meaningful to me. I don't mean only the subject matter but the technical aspect of the handwork contact and simplicity of traditional photography from a pinhole camera.
This pleasure experiences through a more direct contact to things, comes through eliminating the space between yourself and everything else. In order to eliminate space, we have to eliminate time. Time that exists in the verbal approach used to picture in our mind what is being experienced.
In this context, it would be experience death itself. Death in this case means experience the energy inside us (or God inside us), and through it experience everything else, since it is the source of everything else and what connect us to everything else.
Death here means return to the source where we and everything else came from. The nothingness, as I assume Heidegger meant to say. Therefore become god itself, where comes the creative power energy.
The reason I think great arts are about the silence (not the sonorous silence but it what was described as nothingness), which the artist help leading us to such experience, of connection and timeless.