We go way back.
Like, back across over 12,000 years of history. (And, PLEASE, if you haven’t watched this Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell video, do yourself a favour and click that baby. My site will wait.)
Scaling out that timeline – from the first evolution of our species to the present day – one thing is clear. We are still infants when it comes to being a single, globally connected human race. In a geological instant, we’ve gone from less than a quarter million organisms using rock-and-stick tools to a billions-strong plague on the planet with over 700 million iPhones in use worldwide.
Like infants going from the dark, muffled environment of the womb out into the big, bright world: we have so much more information and connection than ever before. And like infants, we do NOT know how to handle everything yet. Not even close.
It’s chaotic right now. But that’s okay. It’s even good. Because when you think about the human race as an infant, you realize most of our potential is still ahead of us. The thing is: how do we get everyone on the same page about how to use what we know?
How do we connect our ideas and use our data to build a way forward for all humans?
How do we live well, together?
I don’t know what other people spend their time and brain power on, but that’s always where mine has flocked. I struggled to make a decision about what field to study, because I’ve never been interested in a single discipline. I’m interested in the intersections of life.
So when I put my pen to the paper (or my fingers to the keyboard), I don’t want to write anything unless it can make people think. Ponder. Reflect. Slow down.
If I’m going to add my voice to the chaos, I want it to be worth the attention of anyone who reads it. I want to connect ideas no one’s ever decided to connect before. I want to spark thoughts that wouldn’t have happened otherwise. I want to Tetris together my words in a way that peels away labels and opts for growth over comfort.
If I’m going to be one of the billions of humans taking up space on this planet, I’m going to do my best to make it better. Reading and studying, then writing about what I’ve learned, is what I do best. From the strictly formal and academic to the wildly experimental and creative, I love working with every form of non-fiction writing.
The truth is a tough thing to chase. Yet that chase is what draws me to non-fiction, in all its forms. Figuring out who I am in this world will be a lifelong process. But what I have figured out is that I am a chaser of truth and a crafter of words.
Armed with ideas and sentences, I’m here on the internet to add “bringer of epiphanies” to my list of identities. Because it would be much easier, in a way, to leave this dream undone. It would be less scary to shy away from putting my writing out there.
But I have to believe that someone out there will be better off because of my words.
And that? That’s enough for me.
There is no world, there are only six billion understandings of it. And if you change one person’s understanding of it… you’ve changed the whole thing.”-Drew dudley (Everyday leadership, tedXtoronto 2010)
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