tunnels allow all sorts of productivity without calling attention to themselves or those that build them*
Travel is still the most intense mode of learning.**
I’m more of a tunnel-person, most happy working quietly in the background and not not very comfortable being out in the open. Others are bridge-people and quietness and hiddenness is hard for them. Both are amazingly complex constructions.
Kevin Kelly reminds me, though, to learn is to be alive and that means none of us are fixed.
Jonah Lehrer dips beneath the surface of this and writes of our plasticity:
Our human DNA is defined by its multiplicity of possible meanings, it’s a code that requires context. […] What makes us human and what makes each of us his or her own human is […] how our cells, in dialogue with our environment, feed back to our DNA, changing the way we read ourselves.^
Best I keep moving. Will you join me?
(*From Seth Godin’s blog: Bridges and tunnels.)
(**Kevin Kelly, quoted in Brian McLaren’s God Unbound.)
(^From Jonah Lehrer’s Proust was a Neuroscientist.)