draft - writing as a process of understanding

Life is process – accepting is understanding – no need for wrong or right, everything is balanced.

“The most important thing for me is to understand. For me, writing is part of this process of understanding. Writing is an integral part of the process of understanding. If I had a really good memory and I was able to retain all my thoughts I doubt I’d have written anything at all.” ~ Hannah Arendt

I accept some things out of ignorance and I understand some things I might have taken for granted. The only path that is clear is my acceptance of what is true in my experience, until I face that inconsistency ignored which will inevitably be pointed out, I accept that I encounter opportunities for fresh learning based on direct experience. What I understand I accept. Einstein reminded us that in order to explain something simply, one has to understand it well enough.

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My challenge is explaining ideas simply enough and writing helps me refine and establish a framework to relate this understanding to others. Shockingly we rely on structures and models we blindly “accept” without “understanding” it. Acceptance is derived from understanding in my experience and accepting blindly is disastrously dangerous but unavoidable. Carl Jung mentioned that the “path of goodness” leads to enlightenment but not for reasons you might think. Our agreements tie us up in ignorance when blind to the underlying truth of reality. I want to understand what the foundation of my perceived reality is built on, whether rock or sand – and change my perception to align with the truth.

Hannah Arendt’s quote above is a truth I have found. It’s important for me to understand and I find that writing and documenting thoughts helps me to understand the larger context. Understanding the process of writing isn't the “key” – it’s writing as a “process of understanding” that is key. Switching the “writing” function from a tactical to a strategic one in the ambient space we call digital – which occupies mental and physical “space”.

“Humanity is never acquired in solitude – or by giving ones work to the public. It can be achieved only by someone who throws his life and person into the public realm.” ~ Hannah Arendt

Digital technology is the key to memory. It is our “real time” writing – participating – interacting – interfacing – documentation process – digitizing reality. It’s a magnet for our interest and it captures our attention. Hijacking a binary circuit in the brain. But I digress. We benefit from writing as a process of understanding because our memories aren’t good enough. It’s in desperate need of development in the human race – which can be done naturally.

The threat we are facing is that electric media leads down a slippery slope because of it’s real world impact on nature and people in a physical world. It’s pulling too much attention into the promise of some utopia and in the process destroying civil society. Hannah Arendt understands a lot in context and no doubt achieved this through writing. Our memories are worse now than it was back then due to the impact of television on a couple of generations.

Now we have digital which is an extension of our memory. Use it for what it is purposed and you’ll find yourself in the slipstream of life. To put energy into digital communication in the form of writing – it is necessary to understand it’s process. The process that the writer or “scribe” is involved in is focused partly on the tools and the skills to arrive at a certain end? Better understanding. And the tools accessible to the universal student? An encyclopedia of human effort where advertising will always interfere but where the truth in documenting this 21st century experience can lead to the surfacing of the truth in all.

Life is a process and within this process there is the observer and the actor in each of us. We use the process of writing to understand and accept that writing is part of the process of understanding. A collective understanding for those who shape the next chapter in the unfoldment of humankind and our responsibility to each other and where we came from. Earth and nature.

Hannah Arendt describes how to approach a venture in anything new. A trust in each other and mankind to understand. To place your person into the public realm and to expose your work.

“I’d say this venture is only possible when there is a trust in mankind. A trust which is hard to formulate. But one which is fundamental. A trust in what is human in all people. Otherwise such a venture is impossible.” ~ Hannah Arendt

She ends with a little advice that we all know too well. “The venture seems clear to me. One exposes oneself to the light of the public. As a person. Although I’m of the opinion that one must not appear and act in public self consciously.

This level of confidence in the ability to embody an idea carried so transparently, an integral awareness, comes from a deep understanding that can be facilitated through the medium of writing that greatly amplifies understanding and value creation. Documenting truth in experience is an innovative practice. This is what digital communications technology is built for. This is our call.

Turn your writing and documentation into public work that can change the world by developing digital technology skills and tools that can help you shape this world.

“We weave our strand into a network of relations. What comes of it we never know. We all need to be able to say: Lord forgive them, for they know not what they do. That is true of all action. Simply and concretely true, because one cannot know. That is what is meant by a venture.” ~ Hannah Arendt

Resources:

Understanding the writing process – practical summary and the seven steps
More about Hannah Arendt – wikipediaphilosophyjewish virtual librarythe movie