Why Write?!

Someone out there really juiced my pickle, after I made a comment that writing is a solo act before it’s made for the community.  He asked, “Why not just keep it locked up in your head?”

I thought about it for a while.  All too often, I do keep it locked up.  Then a hunger comes to let it out.  To pin down the thoughts that have become circular, to preserve those bits of radiating light that appear so often while I’m out running or in the shower…  I want to write, so bad, sometimes, it aches.

But something stops me, self-consciousness, the dreaded freeze.

Blogging inverts classic order, removing the separation between audience and source.  No one is there to tell you “it’s good” before you post.  You don’t have an editor and you probably aren’t getting paid.  You are naked.  What once would be a journal is widely open for scrutiny.

I argued that for writing to serve it’s purpose, it’s got to be for me.  It’s therapy.  It’s putting together in a coherent way, often abstract thoughts, making sense of chaos, recording history.

Of course it’s not just for me!

It’s for anyone else who likes to read.  But also for the same reasons that I film, photograph and paint; to capture and preserve beauty.  To plant the seed of an idea, watching as it grows, is exciting.

For example…

The internet is game-changer.  As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, our capacity for success by adaptation (as individuals and as a whole species) is amplified.  Hyper-socialization of the human race is what will carry us from where we once were to where we are going.

Buckle up, cause it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

Life on Earth has been around for hundreds of millions of years!  Jerry Coyne explains in his richly informative book, Why Evolution is True:

“If the entire course of evolution were compressed into a single year, the earliest bacteria would appear at the end of March, but we wouldn’t see the first human ancestors until 6am on Dec. 31.  The Golden Age of Greece, about 500 BC, would occur just 30 seconds before midnight.”

We’ve only just arrived, and for more than 99% of our existence, life on Earth was VERY different.

Humans lived in small groups, hunting and gathering, using their personal energies to protect and sustain themselves and their families.  Today, on the other hand, many American lives are full of abundance, where the next meal is no farther than the refrigerator…  Meanwhile, the world is, literally, at their fingertips.  It almost makes you wonder why we get off our butts to do anything at all!

Separated merely by land and sea, we live in an interactive, global community.  The hyper-socialization of our species, in concert with the trivialization of sex (thanks to widespread availability/use of contraception) are possibly the two greatest developments in human history.  Sex, the currency by which our species propels itself into the future, is never going to be the same.

What happens when our dating/mating terrain changes shape?  Dramatic transformation of the environment is a precursor to adaptation of the species.  Makes me wonder what’s next…

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