This last month, a lot of people have asked me if maybe I’m overcomplicating things. Am I overthinking it, taking it too seriously?
This is what I do. This is who I am. This is my work in the world. It is a lot of other people’s work too. To overthink or at least think a lot. To look past the surface at what is underneath making the surface look that way. It’s why there are telescopes floating in space sending us pictures of black holes - curious people who never get tired of being in awe of the awesome and wondering why.
People and human community, the world, the universe, the source of all things, consciousness… these are complex things. They cannot be simplified and put into boxes. We cannot wrap our heads around them or be in control of them. They are eternal and expanding. The only way I can see to bring the depth and complexity of existence close enough to grasp it is to recognize that it is all alive. Everything is one connected life. This includes the human species.
From my perspective, our problems start when we think we can fully experience life without being in relationship with it. That we can fix human problems while still being disconnected from each other. The human species is too complex to be organized by governments, institutions, or laws that are controlled by a few. Complexity is only manageable through relationship. This is how birds murmurate - every bird responds to the seven birds closest to them and they fly together in intricate, acrobatic, self-organized cluster flocks.
A few of those seven birds are light-hearted, funny, good at small talk, and content without overthinking it. I appreciate those birds. I’m just not one of them.
It’s up to other people to keep it simple. I rely on other people to keep it light and fun. I need them. And I need them to not need me to be something other than what I am. Every single person needs to be recognized for their innate value and given the resources and encouragement to thrive in that identity.
I write in a geeky, sciency, hopefully poetic way about belonging, storytelling, community building, deconstruction and construction,