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Which side am I on?

“I’m not one who divides music, dance or art into various categories. Either something works, or it doesn’t.” -Twyla Tharp 

“I don’t believe anything, but I have many suspicions.” -Robert Anton Wilson

Secular or Religious?

Physics or Metaphysics?

Science or Spirituality?

Normal or Paranormal?

Materialism or Mysticism?

In all honesty, I have very little use for such dichotomies.

Give me an idea and leave me with it for a while.

If I am able to find some practical use for it, I’ll place it inside my conceptual tool box regardless of what label society slaps on it.

If I am unable to make any good use of the idea, then I’ll sit it on the shelf until it proves itself to be useful.

My pursuit of knowledge is not limited by standard systems of information classification.

I am not concerned with the name of the library section one has to visit in order to research certain ideas.

I am concerned with the ideas themselves and the opportunities for exploration that they provide.

I will consider any concept, theory, idea, or suggestion that leads me further down the rabbit hole of inquiry, adventure, and self-knowledge.

So, which side am I on?

I am on the side of those who don’t make up their minds by merely looking at which side of the line an idea falls on.

I side with Emily Dickinson who, above all else, chose to “dwell in possibility.”

This Post Has 11 Comments
  1. Wonderful thinking! If only schools adopted this way of thinking we would have interested, bright and motivated students who learned because they are interested not because they are forced to learn what the government deems important!

  2. This is what is known as Open Mindedness. Such an attitude lets the light pass through us, instead of blocking it before hand. If four or five of us let an idea germinate inside us with this open attitude, the results of such soaking ,may not be the same depending upon what is already inside our minds. Still, for us the outcome may be refreshingly inspiring. This is almost ZEN thinking.
    Thanks.

    1. Very well said, TG.

      I love this:

      f four or five of us let an idea germinate inside us with this open attitude, the results of such soaking ,may not be the same depending upon what is already inside our minds. Still, for us the outcome may be refreshingly inspiring.

    1. I like the way you put it….a subtle, but profound distinction. I enjoyed the first article. I’ll be sure to check out the other one later. Thanks for commenting and sharing. Cheers, T.K.

  3. I like the idea of not taking any side, but just choosing, as you quoted Emily Dickinson to have said, to “dwell in possibility”. And I like to be able to look a something from all angles, all points of view, similar to what amazingSusan wrote about being on all sides.
    A very timely and thought-provoking post, T.K. Cheers 🙂

    1. Thanks Audrey 🙂 I’m with you all the way on this. There’s tremendous freedom and flexibility in being unattached to sides and, more so, the “positionality” of the ego. Cheers 🙂

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