Ramblings of a curious one

The little story I am gonna tell you happened on my birthday, while I was visiting a cemetery with my colleagues. At some point we got to a grave

that was marked by a simple black marble cube which bore the inscription “TRUE LOVE”. That was all. As always, I felt the need to ask something, so I said: I wonder why is it written just that?

And the reply I got was in true tone with the moment: Because true love is dead.

Well, I think it’s more to the riddle than that. There is an increasing fashion of studying and talking about networks and connections: from sociological theory (such as B. Latour’s ANT), to chaos theory, cognitive studies, and not least important in movies. A recent TV series exploring this topic is Touch.

One of the lines in the movie is: “Certain ties can’t be broke, they define who we are“.

And I believe this is the case. There are various ways in which we, as humans, try to make sense of the world around through stuff. Various ways of expressing connection, looking for patterns, using them or living through them: from Matryoshka dolls, to hopscotch (a great example of a hopscotch game with a traditional magpie rhyme http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Magpie_hopscotch.jpg), from weaving to matrices, and in varying shades of connection too: from toska to dor, through duende or l’appel du vide. These shades are but our acknowledgement of the ties, and the choice to fulfill the pattern thus created. And this is how the truth of ecuations is connected to life.

PS:  an interview with the “the editor of Brain Pickings (www.brainpickings.org), an inventory of cross-disciplinary interestingness and curiosity, bringing you things you didn’t know you were interested in — until you are”, Maria Popova

https://soundcloud.com/designmatters/maria-popova

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