How to Combine the Odds?

Much has already been written about boxes. As much as we dislike if someone puts us into a certain box, we are constantly boxing ourselves. Let’s face it, we like boxes and apparently many of us bloggers like unboxing even more. It may be our way of making sense of the universe, to connect and separate at the same time. But…

Can we find the connection between the limited and unlimited? Where is the particular in between which Berlinstagram tried defining visually? If we could find the golden formula, can we find ways to interconnect chemistry, literature, art, physics, mathematics, linguistics and music?

I’m not sure isolation is the way forward and can’t help but wonder how such a connected world would look like. A world in which the individual sciences stop defending themselves and work towards common ground. Will we then be able to understand the big picture again?

The keyword here is synthesis.

 

 

In essence, it is the process of combining various, contra dictionary elements to form something of substantial greater quality. What is needed? A common ground between thesis and antithesis. Not an easy endeavor. And us humans rather stay in groups where our opinion or version of the truth is well accepted rather than leaning towards expanding our version of the truth.

To give you a real-life example here and jump right into the central problem.

As I write this text, I’m speaking to you but I’m speaking to you in an indirect manner. I’m presenting a text and you are reading. Maybe you form some sort of opinion and if you are truly engaged, you may even leave a comment. It’s not really a dialogue. There is not much room for weaving a greater spider web here. It would be different if we would have a proper conversation face to face. But that is the more challenging territory. You could even get all angry. How do I know that you would not throw the tea in my face when you say the universe was unlimited and I’d say it’s not?

We naturally stick to people we have common ground with, it’s safe. We find reassurance that our version of the world makes sense.

Let me tell you how many times I have clashed with characters, strangers or colleagues who were living in a different version of my world. Even movies portray the witches, the weirdos and mad ones as characters you should better keep your distance from. But I have always put in the effort to understand them because a voice kept telling me to do so. I've sat with homeless people in a park at 3am in the morning, listening to their story. In fact, my day job involves bringing different parties in a company to talk to each other. I’ve been to many battles but ultimately always made an effort to understand a member of a different tribe. The reward is an increased awareness of oneself and more so the macrocosmos.

 

 

To find the proper coordinates in space and time now is a time where the little Tamagotchis have actually changed the way we are looking at the world. What strange world within a world which we describe as meaningful. I can’t get over how foundational these human designed terminal devices are. Machines promising new ways to authenticity.

You may not like it if I bring the word of capitalism up here yet in many ways our actions in real as well as in the technological life, are governed by societal, political and economic structures. No social media platform is free, they are all built by design. Do we want to live in a world where the like is the non plus ultra? How shall technology organize moral experiences? How can it embody values, norms, and ideas?

 

 

Art seems to be the way forward as everyone loves a good old story and the musician and physicist both visit the museum. In such, art succeeds in tying various separated strings together. But then again, only if you are brave enough to confront your own depth, you can find freedom and elevate yourself from the system you find yourself in.

All thoughts and ideas are coming from the July issue of fatum, a magazine created by the Munich Center for Technology in Society.

You can download all past issues for free as pdf – how awesome is this? 

Issue 6: Synthese
Issue 5: Dialogue

Issue 4: Intelligence, Forms, and the Arts
Issue 3: Dreams and Truths
Issue 2: Logic, Moral, and Worlds
Issue 1: Discover Philosophy

 

So, how do you combine the odds?

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26 comments

  1. WOW this is a definite eye opener and to be honest I’ve never been one to stand with one group, it’s limited and I find people like that find themselves in a cycle of the same things, and to me that’s boring. I like meeting new people even if our two languages make difficult conversation I would sit with them and learn their ways take in their lives.
    I’ve never judged someone so whether I already combine the odds or not I don’t like to stand in one circle, I like to step outside the line!

  2. This was a very interesting read. You have a very different writing style as opposed to the majority of blogs I read and I found your perspective quite intriguing. Very philosophical. I have been in many situations where my perspective of things is deeply contrasting to those of others and that can feel very uncomfortable. Particularly when people get confrontational about it.

    I, on the other hand, always like to keep an open mind and listen to those with views different to my own even if they do seem “out there”. It doesn’t mean I have to believe them.

    The world would be a very boring place without variety. Minds are complicated things. Thank you for this thought-provoking read.

    Meg | the-writeblog.blogspot.co.uk

  3. Not going to lie, I really enjoyed reading this. I, lile you, enjoy talking to different people, I want to expand my knowledge. Thinking about the world in which we live blows my mind as there are many perceptions of it, mines will not be the same as yours and so on and so fourth. What a facinating post.

    Jordanne || Thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.uk

  4. Your post was an interesting read. I found myself very interested. Your pictures are beautiful and I love how they were taken. I can’t wait to read more of your posts.

  5. Your blog really made me think about things. I’m def someone who likes to think outside the box, and the group of people I spend time with are a varied group.

  6. This post made my head hurt. I think that our minds are limited in such a way that it’ll be impossible to find the synthesis between all natural forces. Anyway, great post with a lot of thought-provoking material. I’ll have to ponder it in more detail another time.

  7. I often use the term ‘unpacking’ to refer to the nonfic I write, for customers. Which fits perfectly with your concept of ‘boxes’. I agree about the distance created by anything textual. You miss so much of the body language. I used to think I’d never use video phone calls. I was forced to because of my job and have become quite comfortable with having the ability to gauge reactions to what I’m saying.

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