The Curse of Knowledge Work
I’ve been hesitant to start this blog because I don’t know what it is going to be, what it is going to look like, where it is going to end up, or even what it should accomplish.
I read a lot, listen to a lot of podcasts and audio-books, have a lot of ideas, and really want to find a community in which to share and discuss them. The difficulty is that all my ideas are so cross-linked that I don’t know where to start, and while I’m writing about one thing my mind is connecting them to 50 other things that I’ve read, but don’t want to side track the conversation to get into all that. Taking the time to polish a post to 100% means it will never get published. Good enough has to be good enough.
I love building things with my hands, and when I do that, I have a clear picture of what I need that thing to do and I take my time to craft it with care. Even though mistakes will be made, it’s clear in the end whether what I’ve created is going to work or not. Each time I’ve tried to write blog posts though I feel as though they are “not quite ready”. This is the curse of knowledge work in general. Ideas can always be presented more comprehensibly and more succinctly. There is no such thing as the Platonic, spaghetti sauce and blog posts included.
The Purpose of Life: To Make and Tell Stories
So, this blog is a way for me to explore my own ideas, but more importantly, to explore them in conversation with other people. I already do a lot of private journaling in Simplenote (a program I love for stream-of-consciousness brain dumps, list taking, and virtual sticky notes). What I write here will be similar, but specifically for those ideas I want to share into the public noosphere.
As a kid I remember sitting on my front porch and deciding that the purpose of life was “to make and tell stories.” To me, making stories means living an authentic life worthy of the gift of existence, and telling stories means finding others who do the same to share that life with. So far I’ve found that idea to be a pretty resilient.
Interdependent Co-Origination - Norms in the Internet Age
So much of social life now exists via the internet, and I’m thrilled at all the amazing people and content that is being created and shared as we discuss together how society should function in this new networked paradigm brought about by the internet itself. Indeed, it is this public conversation (and the norms that are developed around it) that are the root of this new social structuring in action. An evolutionary process of interdependent co-origination.
The internet allows us to publish our content instantly, with little to no feedback before they are public, and then save them forever. There is almost no friction to a decision that can have serious consequences. Not necessarily a good thing. However, like my journaling, I want to demonstrate not just my ideas as a final product in polished form, but also as a work in progress. Some posts will be short snippets, other times I’ll go on a ramble or just share some notes from something that I read. Eventually I’ll go back and reference several posts and try to synthesize them into something more cohesive. Preemptively, I ask for your understanding if, in the course of these conversations, I change my mind and yet leave my old thoughts public for posterity.
It’s time to start. If not me, then who? If not here, then where? If not now, then when? Whatever may come, amor fati.
P.S. Good Omens
I just noticed that I made this first blog post on 12/6/18. Also 12+6=18. I love stuff like that. For instance, I got engaged on April 2, eg 4/2, eg 42, the answer to life the universe, and everything. I also got married on 7/1/17, a nice palindromic date there.
Like I said… ramblings.