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Pragmatics

Never fucking post to your website when you're feeling all emotional and shit.

Dumbass.

September 8, 2002 10:15 PM

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C'mon!

Posted by Mr. Nosuch on September 9, 2002 9:25 AM

Seriously.
It is *all* about greater and greater connectedness.

I think its important to reveal, expose, and make one's own inner workings vulnerable to outside input -- and critique.

There's a good book called "Black Box" by Oz that, for me at least, outlines the spiritual danger of being such to others, even if out of logistical necessity -- or fear or comfort.

I've kept journals in various medias since my early teen years. Way back then i became dedicated to the concept of total exposure, because it adds value and strength to your own inner workings, never mind it corrective power.

Someone more than once remarked on the almost "exhibitionist" tone to the concept. "Good" i said to that black boxed individual sitting in front of me, and thought "You totally need the same."

Everything we do as individuals, even sometimes as a macro human society, endevours (if it is True) to increase the bandwidth between our own inner self and the similiar selves of others. We're struggeling to fill the gap that exists between us, that gap created by the finite, material world that we're forced operate within temporarily (here's where my own cosmology plays a part). That's the value of love, and of passionate (agape) love -- the thing that best bridges that gap here in the finite, separated from that eternal, stasis state we came from.

So, when you avoid that exposure, you decrease the bandwidth between your self and others. And, in my opinion, that's missing the point of life's struggle, forgetting our goal.

One day we'll have a completely connected web of consciousness (material-built) between all humans, and that's the goal of what we're doing here as a civilization, never mind the Web.

But, comfort, fear, and safety in pre-existing notions always die hard, and sometimes live on for our entire lives, without progress.

.rob

Posted by rob adams on September 9, 2002 11:59 AM

Heh.

Well, a couple things. First, this, like the two (one, two) previous posts entitled "Pragmatics," isn't all that serious; it's some (unknown to me) combination of tongue-in-cheek and self-disproof. Basically, me laughing at me own self.

And while I agree about the importance of sharing and exposing your views, emotions and -self with other people, I don't think it follows that you should always do that. For instance, on a website like this.

Not that I make any effort to hide anything; if I choose not to write a thing it's almost always because I just don't think it's interesting. There are those things that are interesting (or funny, or whatever) only because they happen to you, and those are exactly the things that I think should be left out of an effort like this. And so I do; and share them with my friends and family instead.

Posted by M on September 9, 2002 3:26 PM

"Bear in mind that the wonderful things you learn in your schools are the work of many generations. All this is put in your hands as your inheritance in order that you may receive it, honor it, add to it, and one day faithfully hand it on to your children."
-- Albert Einstein (Our Modern Moses)

The good thing about blogs, and even hard diaries, is that it provides (over time) context.

So, if sufficiently exposed and elaborated upon, all those things that "only I would find" funny, interesting, revelatory, etc. would also be so to the readership. That's why i loved diaries as a kid, and collect blogs as an adult (like you) // It's a revolutionary widget and gives me, all of us, an unprecedented insight into the lives of fellow humans. It has dramatically increased the bandwidth, the exchange of info between us.

I learn a lot from hearing the ideas of others, never mind the feedback others have on my notions (no matter how flawed and utterly absurd ;-). The whole value of discourse is in that.

That's why sentience speaks, in relative measure to that level of sentience.

When we censor our discourse, be it on a human2human basis or human2crowd level, we reduce the discourse, and limit the learning for all.

If you believe that in the post-material life (Literal Humans can stop reading here), your life will be known by all in total, and vice-versa ad infinitum, then it doesn't make much sense to hide, distort, compartmentalise or otherwise censor the exchange of Truth here and now. It provokes us to establish that model here, as best we can (e.g., the Web), something True, closer the heart.

If we embraced that ideal, our accumulative civilizationary effort from generation to generation would be so much more than it is now.

.rob likes Rush, still
(the group, not the amylnitrate)

Posted by rob adams on September 10, 2002 12:58 PM

I'm not buying it. Choosing not to say a thing is also a form of self expression. If there are things that I don't think merit mention here, it doesn't mean I am censoring myself, it means I think other things are more important, and possibly that mixing the two might sacrifice something I value about this space I have created.

It's not that simple, of course. But overall my choice not to say certain things isn't a form of lying — as it would be if I wanted or somehow needed to hide something or otherwise "censor" myself — it's honesty. It's what I think is worth saying.

Posted by M on September 11, 2002 12:52 AM

I'd like to agree with Rob, but I'm sitting on the fence. I can't fault the logic, but pragmatic reasons get in the way, such as not having time, or feeling that disclosing certain things might damage my future career prospects (for instance, I had a lazy day at work today: I have cycles of lazy days and productive days, and I believe the same amount of work gets done, but my boss(es) may not see it the same way I do. Conversely, I hate microsoft and hopefully, having said that, will never have to work there).

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