I’ve imported my old archived posts dating back to August 2005, as I’ve been revisiting them and noticing repeating patterns that I think are important to reintroduce back into my website.
That said though, most of these older posts do not have their original accompanying images but I think I’ve got an archive somewhere of some of these images that I can add back at a later date.
Actually upon closer inspection, it looks I’ve got my work cut out for me, as there’s some other issues with the imported posts, like excerpts that were automatically added somehow. Not sure if this was an import issue or something that happened a while back (although I’ve revisited my older posts before and never noticed this issue then).
The time finally came last week to say goodbye to our sweet Prince Sam. Even though he was probably one of the most needy pain-in-the-butt cats at times, he was definitely one of the most affectionate and lovable cats we’ve ever had as well. He will be sorely missed indeed.
Sandra mentioned that she hasn’t been without a cat for 37 years, so we’re going to give ourselves a little break and wait until mid 2023 before getting a kitten, thus giving us some time to take a mini-vacation without having to worry about someone always having to take care of our feline friends.
I stumbled across this interview yesterday. It’s evident that most people, including even the interviewer, are completely misinterpreting the meaning of Brandi Heather’s work around play because she’s using it within a much larger context and meaning beyond what people conventionally perceive it to be. She’s not talking about playfully tossing a football around at work but more about “playing” beyond the boundaries of the existing, outdated, rigid social structures within our society today that are effectively standing in the way of the potential creativity and innovation within us all.
And because of this dependency and addiction on having everything so “standardized and structured” with such certainty and control, thus leaving no room for people to play within their lives (in the sense of exploring and discovering who they fully are), she then goes on to indicate the adverse affect of this loss of play within our lives.
In reflecting upon this all, I think the only way you can make people truly aware of the power of play in their lives is by helping them to become aware of how so much of their existing reality, their world and even their sense of self-identity, are constructs of our collective playing and imaginations which become “reality” for others. But these collective playings and imaginations are not The Reality but rather just one possible reality. We can playfully imagine another, if we so choose to do so.
Steve Jobs has an eloquent quote about this below but most people misinterpret it and think it only applies to technology and physical things. It doesn’t. It applies to the social structures and cultures within our lives as well. For example, our institutions are a social construct that were playfully imagined at one time in the past and became a “reality” for us, a part of our daily lives. But we can just as easily play and imagine something new, if we so choose to do so (especially now that they are so inadequate for the times we are living within).
I previously said that, “I don’t see how I can effectively communicate and continue my work anymore because the depth of it is often misunderstood and paradoxical to conventional minds.” This is just a cop-out because I’m afraid of expressing something beyond the conventional. So it’s not like I can’t do it. It’s more I’m fearful of doing it.
Can I use “play” as a way of simplifying the complexity and depth of vertical development, making it more accessible and understandable? If so, it means showing the conventional “role playing game” we’re playing within now, as a foundational starting point.