Shadows of Thought

I was searching for an image yesterday: i could see it in my head, and knew roughly when i’d drawn it, but could not quite find it. My keyword searches through the blog brought up a succession of progressively older articles, none of which contained what i was after. It was a reminded that image search is still a relatively inefficient feature of the system (as well as of my inefficient memory).

But what it did allow me to do was to take a tour of older thoughts: back through iterations of my successive truths, back into the origin of ideas.

#WorkingOutLoud is a methodology whereby i share my evolving understanding and (often) imperfect thinking, which includes my illustrations, which are all sketched, to reflect their impermanence.

I’m always struck by how some older illustrations still seem fresh to me, whilst others seem outdated or even forgotten. And the same is true of the articles within which they are held.

Our beliefs, our truths, are constructed to suit our understanding today. Based upon, inspired by, constrained or formed by, the things that came before.

This is partly why reading, watching, listening, meeting, reaching out to new people and new ideas is so important: to pollute, corrode, and fracture our certainty, to give us the disturbance and impetus to redraw and refine our thought.

About julianstodd

Author, Artist, Researcher, and Founder of Sea Salt Learning. My work explores the context of the Social Age and the intersection of formal and social systems.
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