Hung Up on Purpose

Hung Up on Purpose

Thinking about Posco’s comment about the usefulness of knowing origin in tool use, when abstraction is ultimately more powerful. I tend to lock-up when I don’t know the originating context and ultimate application of an abstraction; a good chunk of my process is devoted to ferreting out that information before I start. Without this grounding, it just seems arbitrary memorization, which I find difficult because my memory works around organizing principles and associations. It has been difficult to find teachers capable of delivering this insight, which is why I’m so militant about it. It is one of the ways I don’t fit in with typical practice, which is a problem in some ways (slower startup) and a boon in others (better in the long run).

1 Comment

  1. Al Briggs 14 years ago

    Why don’t you have a like button? I would love to have been able to press it here!