We are no longer subjects of and to touch, in the sense of blunt contact with the other, but rather in each experience of encounter, we are always already emitting the glow of our interiority and basking in the iridescently shared shine of transintimacy.
“But then the second thing he said was, ‘You are interconnected to everyone, because the world doesn’t work without everyone.’ You may think that you’re alone, but you’re never actually alone. This was really important because at a very young age that made me understand the importance of collectivity, and that we can’t do anything alone that’s worth it. Everything worthwhile is done with other people. So that became the soundtrack in my head.”
It’s flirting with the liminality between the present and the future. I think portals can exist as little hopping moments; I’m in the present, obviously, but I’m also experiencing future realities. How can I use portals as little keys, to bring those two into symbiosis?
I hope many many people find this channel
I love being a stranger here. Feels like being a ten-year-old on the internet again.
An are.na block is a boundary object
Boundary objects are objects which are both plastic enough to adapt to local needs and constraints of the several parties employing them, yet robust enough to maintain a common identity across sites. They are weakly structured in common use, and become strongly structured in individual-site use. They may be abstract or concrete. They have different meanings in different social worlds but their structure is common enough to more than one world to make them recognizable, a means of translation. The creation and management of boundary objects is key in developing and maintaining coherence across intersecting social worlds.
The erotic functions for me in several ways, and the first is in providing the power which comes from sharing deeply any pursuit with another person. The sharing of joy, whether physical, emotional, psychic, or intellectual, forms a bridge between the sharers which can be the basis for understanding much of what is not shared between them, and lessens the threat of their difference.
That self-connection shared is a measure of the joy which I know myself to be capable of feeling, a reminder of my capacity for feeling. And that deep and irreplaceable knowledge of my capacity for joy comes to demand from all of my life that it be lived within the knowledge that such satisfaction is possible, and does not have to be called marriage, nor god, nor an afterlife.
In the same way, we have attempted to separate the spiritual and the erotic, thereby reducing the spiritual to a world of flattened affect, a world of the ascetic who aspires to feel nothing. But nothing is farther from the truth. For the ascetic position is one of the highest fear, the gravest immobility. The gravest abstinence of the ascetic becomes the ruling obsession. And it is no tone of self-discipline but of self-abnegation.
My physics teacher showed us this video and explained to us how we all produce a glow. He showed how molten metal creates a visible light glow and how humans create this infrared light glow in the video. He told us everything has a glow and the glow's wavelength is relative to temperature (molten metal is so hot the glow seeps into visible light)
"if you find a conversational partner who’s willing to get a little weird, you can use the room you’re in to build a shared memory palace. when you discover an interesting train of thought, you “place” it somewhere in the room. pretty soon, you’re literally surrounded by the convo
the weird thing is you can come up with new connections or concepts by physically moving/dancing between the landmarks in your mini memory palace
you’re basically setting up an infrastructure that lets you see ideas in visual form before you know how to translate them into words"