Aware of what’s around us. Present. Seeing things clearly, hearing them as if for the first time. […] Seeking a state of awake seems like a worthy quest. And when we find it, it’s worth cherishing.**
The ability to say yes and no well to the challenges and opportunities requires us to have clarity about who we are and what we want to be about.
It’s hard in an increasingly distracting world and it’s becoming harder … and there isn’t an app to help us. By all means, let’s use the technology, but alongside this, we need to develop “unwired” skills and disciplines that allow us to listen, to be aware, to know. The things that will release our imaginations in a different way:
‘The imagination is an essential tool of the mind, a fundamental way of thinking, an indispensable means of becoming and remaining human.’^
Imagination makes possible the creative act of turning information into knowledge into understanding into wisdom.
It opens up human playfulness as a means of proceeding, something the functional-first dimension of technology leaves behind:
‘when utility rules, adults lose something essential in the capacity to think; they lose the free curiosity that occurs in the open, felt-fingering space of play’.^^
(*The Pioneers, Let your yeah be yeah and your no be no now.)
(From Seth Godin’s blog: Simply awake.)
(^Ursula Le Guin, quoted in Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings: Redeeming the Imagination.)
(^^From Richard Sennett’s The Craftsman. The felt-fingering refers to children playing with felt.)