There is another world that exists only because you exist: the world of your own private consciousness, feelings and sensations. Your world is one in which, as the psychologist R. D. Laing put it, there is only one set of footprints.*
Experimentation, adventure and innovation lure us toward new horizons.**
Early in our lives, we discover that we live in our own world; some would say from the moment we begin to say “No.”
We grow our world as we move from dependence to independence, becoming a person with values and talents and energies:
What if our life skills had more value than our worldly possessions? The most content human by far is one who can create a world out of nothing.^
This world becomes a unique take on the reality of the greater world we are born into, and even if we were to put together the experiences of our species’ 7 billion worlds at this moment in time, we still wouldn’t be able to fully know the world we live in.
How we desire to grow and grow our own world but then we find it isn’t enough, or can never be complete, or reaches a point of implosion because we’re empty at our core, unless …
Unless we can grow from independence into interdependence, for which Brian Eno’s scenius offers itself as a good place to begin:
a whole scene of people who are supporting each other, looking at each other’s work, copying from each other, speaking ideas, and contributing ideas.^^
Which brings to mind the African proverb:
If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together.
*From Sir Ken Robinson’s Out of Our Minds;
**From John O’Donohue’s Divine Beauty;
^From Keri Smith’s The Wander Society;
^^Brian Eno, quoted in Austin Kleon’s Show Your Work.