"The range of the human mind, the scale and depth of the metaphors the mind is capable of manufacturing as it grapples with the universe, stand in stunning contrast to the belief that there is only one reality, which is man's, or worse, that only one culture among the many on earth possesses the truth. To allow mystery, which is to say to yourself, "There could be more, there could be things we don't understand," is not to damn knowledge. It is to take a wider view. It is to permit yourself an extraordinary freedom: someone else does not have to be wrong in order that you may be right." - Barry López
So I wrote a little book review a while back. The book is Together by Richard Sennett. Sennett does great work showing how society is de-skilling people in practicing cooperation. No matter what side you are on in the "ice bucket challenge" I think you will find this book important. Please take a look.
A quote: "Increasingly our national communication style can best be described by what Richard Sennett calls "f*ck you, f*ck you." More here
So I'm firing this blog back up because I'm bored with Facebook and I want to write some more, look some more, think out loud some more, share some more, and stare at my navel some more. Come along. :)
I used to think the power of words was inexhaustible, That how we said the world was how it was, and how it would be. I used to imagine that word-sway and word-thunder Would silence the Silence and all that, That worlds were the Word, That language could lead us inexplicably to grace, As though it were geographical. I used to think these things when I was young. I still do. - Charles Wright from Body and Soul
The inevitable backlash against the "story-teller" movement is here. In this vid designer Stefan Sagmeister, creator of the firm Sagmeister & Walsh, talks about the transformation of the term storyteller in to a meaningless buzzword. “Story-teller” has been swept in to the lexicon of trendy art-speak, which bears many similarities to corporate jargon, in that it is a way to say something that sounds good without having to think too critically about it. (via Carolina A. Miranda) Some swearing. You are warned.