August 6th, 2014

Shaman - Horse

Creative Friends

I am blessed to have some very creative friends. There are photographers, parents, writers, jewelry makers, painters, organizers, teachers, musicians, theologians, philosophers and body workers. It is a pretty amazing group.

The common thread of these people is their desire to create. I now believe that there is an innate drive for humans to create. Somewhere I read that the basic requirements for living were shelter and warmth. These will keep a person alive, but this is not enough to truly thrive. At some level the full expression of existence demands a form of personal expression. The stamp of "I AM" is programmed into our beings. The suppression of this urge is done at the detriment of the individual. The outlet of this urge promotes the growth of the individual.

"In the beginning God created heaven and earth." So says Genesis 1:1. I say that God is still creating the heaven and the earth. We stare into the same void. We maintain our sanity and soul by seeing the void as a place of potential. What are we to do on this earth? What is our purpose? Merely create the best you can. On the sixth day, you too will say, "behold, it was very good".
Shake - That's What it Does

Sharing and Consumption

I seem to be writing a fair amount on Facebook (and elsewhere!). I share and share, but is this the real me? Does this really reveal who I am? These are interesting questions. Perhaps the whole of is best defined by both what I share AND what I consume.

I mention this because of the YouTube video “Hilary Mason on Data & Superpowers, a history of Big Data” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbMtmXjZIuQ). Hilary shared surprising research indicating a disconnect between what we share and what we consume on the Internet. She calls this the “chicken / kitten metaphor”. From her research…

What we share:
* Things that make them look good (news, photos)
* Things they feel strongly about (politics)

What we consume:
* Celebrity gossip
* Sports
* Dirty Jokes
* Stuff you read, but stuff you don’t want your mom to know you’re reading

Hmmm… I share stuff that makes me look good (I hope!). I share stuff that I feel strongly about. Check and check there. How about the consumption? My voluminous writing allows a few hints about my consumption to poke through. BUT would I really want all my FB friends to know the web pages I view and the music I listen to? Probably not. “The Lords of Acid” isn’t for everyone. But seriously, for the most part I view pretty boring stuff. This afternoon I was viewing YouTube videos about Big Data and looking up connection strings for AS400 DB drivers. Other times I am researching my articles. The rest of the time I am poking through web pages shared by friends. My consumption is mostly based on curiosity, and curiosity can take you interesting places.

Do your consumption differ from your sharing? Does Hilary have a workable theory? Feel free to share, and by all means, enjoy your private consumption.
cat - raptor

Creating Art and Wallpaper

Why create art? This is a good place to introduce my "wall-paper" theory. Humans crave change and contrast. The human attention is transitory, seeking fresh sights and sounds for it's delight. The continuous viewing of one object, no matter how beautiful, is not satisfactory to the human mind. The wall-paper of life must change. Those people who accept the same continuous stimuli are seen as deviant. We punish people by removing variety. Witness the modern penal system. We pity those, who by disease or injury, are left in a vegetative state. Humans will resist being "wall-papered" by life. To keep sanity and soul, people will create in any way that they can.