“Draw the art you want to see, start the business you want to run, play the music you want to hear, write the books you want to read, build the products you want to use, do the work you want to see done.” Austin Kleon
In a childhood where intellect dominated, critical thinking reigned. We lived among phrases like “If you were smart you’d do X. . .” or “That’s an emotional response, it’s not objective because of Y”. As if there was some objective absolute reality to which some had access and the lesser, having been born emotional, did not.
I’ve always looked for science and certainty, holding onto that received knowledge gratefully as if it had not just been passed to me from someone cleverer than I, but had come via some grappling mental construction of my own doing.
Many of us hold on to our perspectives even as it turns out, there can be substantial data to refute them. Sometimes the personal perspectives are the hardest to shift because they’re the ones for which we have the most data, but they’re usually the ones that offer the most growth.
In a world where what “I think” was always awarded more value than what “I feel”, it seems the latter has actually been bumping my steering wheel all along.
As I get older and practice being more vulnerable; I realise the joke’s on me because the true superpower was inside me all along. This ‘uncritical critical thinking’, this idea of ‘connected knowing’, of being able to effortlessly empathise and intuit might actually be the sword in the stone.
Definition // Vinyl : B-Side A b-side was originally known as the song on the flipside of a 12″ or 7″ vinyl single that backed the A-side, but wasn’t the song promoted or received the radio play. B-sides have often gotten a reputation of being filler even though a good majority of the time b-sides are better than a lot of the album tracks, and in some cases, better than the A-side.