experiences

We live in a world of digital archiving of experiences. We engage in experiences to capture them digitally, generating further experiences. Our perceptual modes become increasingly sophisticated as they are no longer restrained to the physical realm. Experiences are subverted, reunderstood and perceived in the layering and convergence of worlds. Is that 21st Century human connectivity, human aspiration, human monumentality? Monumentality comes from the proliferation, from the diffusion of those experiences.

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words

Words have different meanings depending on who uses them. While you hold a strong meaning for certain words; me, maybe less, maybe more, maybe for other words. We both have our own frame of reference, our own sensibility spectrum, and our own degree of attachment and assimilation. The most graspable example is the basic formula of “How are you?” which has been exposed to a multitude of languages and cultures, there is no single answer. Then, there is the idea of “cultural experiences.” What is cultural activities ? People are no longer fulfilled with being edified, passively reading line after line of poorly lit walls in a museum; they want to feel part of something (bigger), they want to be entertained and meet cool people in a 4 to 7 artistic event in a loft space down Soho.

How certain words, through the spolia of time and reference frames, have been democratized so much that soon they will hold little significance to their (initial) definition. How such a distillation, a refinement, gets lost in the mass. Is that what it is, the ever-changing, ephemeral quality of life keeps us valid and relevant? The dichotomy of contemporary permanence and temporality warns my mind. The duality that hides behind what is inspiring and uplifting from what is imposing and intimidating.

validation

Validation is a big one for me, it has always been, as I can retrace it easily from my early childhood days. It was too easy to care. I experienced different selves. I was constantly divided and immersed in different environments, giving me the insight to understand people. I was good at fitting in, I was so good that I didn’t feel good about it. This uncanny idea of losing oneself in the search of finding oneself. I wanted that validation and that attention, I wanted that love, growing up in a household devoid of these notions, but built upon splintered translations and fights.

passivity

It’s okay to be passive as long as you are active somewhere else. If not, your inertia resists any participation, no change in velocity, just cruising. Second law of Newton. And sadly, the third law applies too, as we conduct ourselves in a series of actions and reactions. Although this is the most energy efficient way to interact, if I can say so, it is highly passive and detrimental to some, if not, most situations (especially in social and political ones). I recall my conversation with the two men at that cafe in east Mitte. I was criticizing how it is much easier to take actions post-event than to act in good alignment from the beginning, in terms of being proactive and preventive. This comes from a society of quick fixes, of crazy glues and of bandages on bandages. The most engaged of the two men smiled. That was exactly what Machiavelli said in The Prince over five centuries ago, he added. Oh it is highly detrimental in the medical field, especially! As it ties with the other big players of society (such as politics). Conventional/Western medicine suggests that we have no control over our body, reducing our consciousness and our inner compass, conditioning us to contribute in their money generating machine. The medical system comes full circle: from diagnosis to symptoms to masking pills to side effects to other symptoms and other (or same) diagnoses to more pills and you guessed it, more side effects… It is a common behavioural trait nowadays, to keep repeating the same inevitable cycles, disguised within different environments, different people, and different relationships of course.