that is one of the ends for which they exist.
Sometimes the world needs to be looked at through the lens of a camera. A camera changes your view and forces your eye to take in an infinite amount of detail in a finite space. The forest becomes just the trees.
Quieting the world down, for me, requires a piece of paper and a pencil. Drawing and painting require that I slow down and take in the details and see the intricate, beautiful minutiae of the every day that I take for granted.