January 5th, 2007

(no subject)

Did reading rather than posting first, but was doing some IM at the same time, so maybe that was sapping my creative focus. Fun, though.

Immediate stimulus was a self-help site peddling a lot of the standard babble. Mostly wrong, which is to be expected, and mostly being peddled without the peddler thinking about what he's peddling, which is also typical. But since I now *am* thinking, I'm going to take a few of his more egregious errors and see if I can say something more sensible.

"So often people try to find that spark outside themselves. That spark must be found within." Really? Who said so? Why?

I see this as a variable. The advantage to being a self-contained person is that you don't have to have any human contact. The disadvantage is that you're a psychopath, but hey, you can't have everything. *We are social beings*. To be a social being, we *require* to have relationships with other such beings. This is why solitary confinement is a punishment; it destroys the context in which we live our lives. Some of us may be able to tolerate it for a while, but I don't think it's a good idea to base policy on extraordinary abilities. If they show up, by all means use 'em, but don't plan on 'em. That's a tangent; back to subject.

It's necessary to be able to work without contact, because sometimes it happens. But it's a fundamentally different form of being, much like sporulation in mosses. If I have to spore up, I should do so, and then grow again when I get the chance, but I shouldn't try to delude myself that my spore-form is all of who I am.

More, later; that's all I've got attention span for ATM.