Using the Internet to accelerate the spread of interesting ideas one string at a time.
What follows is a collection for your consideration of favoured strings that bring together ideas, blogs, podcasts, and videos. Over the years, I have found each of these pieces to act as a companion and I hope they can offer something to you in the heart of this deep now.
I hope this page will help you spend some time contemplating the mystery that is this culmination of sound and light that we get to call life.
Society & Philosophy
Personal Renewal - John Gardiner offering this very compelling speech to Mckinsey & Company about the concept of Personal Renewal. Here's a snippet.
"Meaning is not something you stumble across, like the answer to a riddle or the prize in a treasure hunt. Meaning is something you build into your life. You build it out of your own past, out of your affections and loyalties, out of the experience of humankind as it is passed on to you, out of your own talent and understanding, out of the things you believe in, out of the things and people you love, out of the values for which you are willing to sacrifice something. The ingredients are there. You are the only one who can put them together into that unique pattern that will be your life. Let it be a life that has dignity and meaning for you. If it does, then the particular balance of success or failure is of less account."
The Big Here and the Long Now: Brian Eno is a pure version of a polymath. A hybrid musician, intellectual, Eno teamed up with some other long viewing types (including Stewart Brand) to found the Long Now Foundation in an attempt to change how humans think about time. The Long Now is the recognition that the precise moment you’re in grows out of the past and is a seed for the future. The longer your sense of Now, the more past and future it includes.
The Liquid Self: Did you know that Snapchat used to publish outstanding blog posts? I did not. Thankfully the articles are still alive and well, acting like easter eggs waiting to be found. This 2013 article is a good example about identity in the internet age.
You already know that advice can leave little room for anything other than having just one self, regardless of time and place, and as such runs the risk of discouraging change. There’s another school of thought, one that understands identity as never solidified and always in flux. Instead of a single, unchanging self, we might consider a ‘liquid self’, one more verb than noun.
What is a cult? - Today’s cults might be secular, or they might be theistic. But they arise from the same place of need, and from the failure of other, more ‘mainstream’ cultural institutions to fill it. If God did not exist, as Voltaire said, we would have to invent him. The same is true for cults. This is a fascinating piece on the 'why' of cults.
Building a Peace Narrative - Charles Eisenstein argues that all of our thinking often centres upon a war narrative - to identify and defeat the bad in ourselves, our people and our society for the good to flourish. Yet, he identifies a different and compelling approach one driven by peace. Which sounds more fuzzy and up there than it really is. It’s a long, but rewarding read with a bunch of highlight-able passages.
Last Updated - February 22nd 2021