It is the heart that makes us human. The heart is where the beauty of the human spirit comes alive. Without the heart the human would be sinister. To be able to feel is the great gift. […] Facing possibility, the mind is in relentless thought-flow. Concealed within the dark, the heart is concerned with who we are.*
And the ways of “sharing” enabled by hyperlinks are now creating a new type of thinking – part human and part machine – found nowhere else on the planet or in history. The web has unleashed a new becoming.**
The mind is being enhanced by technology but what of the heart? How do we grow the heart?
In some ways, technology helps us to take the path of least resistance but the heart requires we take a path of greater resistance.
We will create new myths to tell how this might be, but there are boundaries or thresholds needing to be crossed: if we are to find, we must seek; if we are outside, we must open the door to move inside (or vice versa); if we do not know, we must ask questions.
These resistances are how we become more:
We want to start with resistances, those facts that stand in the way of the will. Resistances themselves come in two sorts: found and made.^
The thing about the resistant heart is that it gives us a place we know, to push against, to begin.
(*From John O’Donohue’s To Bless the Space Between Us.)
(**From Kevin Kelly’s The Inevitable.)
(^From Richard Sennett’s The Craftsman.)