How do I know I’m grown up?

When are they going to know that they’re now men and must put aside childish things?

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But there is a consciousness in the body.  The whole living world is informed by consciousness.  I have a feeling that consciousness and energy are the same thing somehow.  Where you really see life energy, there’s consciousness.*
(Joseph Campbell)

Joseph Campbell’s concern was over our loss of myths that work for us when it comes to who we are and how we connect to our society.  He argues that the inability to find or create new ones is the result of the speed of change.  In noticing our energy, though, he identifies something that can help us navigate and shape humanity’s future.

Ben Hardy writes about his culture wall keeping him on track, this created by Hugh Macleod and gapingvoid.  It’s something I’m now exploring more in order to bring my own dreamwhispering and doodling more together:

‘The Culture Wall is intended to create an environment that continually reminds me of what I stand for and what I aspire toward. […] I call these artefacts TRANSFORMATIONAL TRIGGERS.’**

As we move from the myths of the past towards those we’re capable of creating for the future, we have become stuck in the experience economy beyond which lies a transformation economy.

Being grown up has, in part, meant different things for different ages.  We’re now in an age of unlocking and fuelling a greater personal capacity, able to carry us beyond our culture and society of self-indulgence into one that can facilitate making a difference in the lives of others.

I finish with the words of Seth Godin which Ben Hardy uses to open his article with:

Art isn’t only a painting.  Art is anything that’s creative, passionate, and personal.  An artist is someone who uses bravery, insight, creativity, and boldness to challenge the status quo.  Art is a personal gift that changes the recipient.  The medium doesn’t matter.  The intent does.  Art is a personal act of courage, something one human does that creates change in another.”^

(*Joseph Campbell, from Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyers’ The Power of Myth.)
(**From Ben Hardy’s article: These 20 Pictures Will Teach You More Than Reading 100 Books.)
(^Seth Godin, quoted in Ben Hardy’s article: These 20 Pictures Will Teach You More Than Reading 100 Books.)

 

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