Sunday, November 14, 2004

ATTN: Can it be done?

If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,'
then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.

- Vincent Van Gogh

Martin Buber is one of the people who has shown it is possible to describe the impossible. I believe he's a painter with words.

What i would like to do is connect what we know to what we do. Krishnamurti said some beautiful things like "the mind will make you believe that love and action are two separated things, but really they cannot be separated". I think there are many ways in which attention as a product could indeed "heal" people. My purpose is less stretching than to heal people.

In Gestalt the proverb goes "the whole is earlier and more than the sum of parts". I think the same goes for attention. I don't know what is good for each individual. But i feel that we, the rich people in the world, the ones with the internet and all, have earned our material wealth at the cost of the immaterial attention. I think attention is a political issue; i think the people should put it on the agenda so the politicians can discuss the issue. Note how they cannot discuss a nonexistent issue. I think political work does not include making attention an issue. That is something we, the people, should do. It is only when attention has become a political issue, politicians can do their work.

The issue, as far as i can see it, is this: that the "short of attention" diseases that strike our western world may be revealed, out of their taboos, much the same way as the hunger and polluted water diseases in some african countries are revealed on television. I say we show this disease on television.

But first I would find out what attention is. In the sense of project management, one cannot come up with a problem without a proper solution attached. In creative thinking, a solution is another word for redefining the problem. My quest is about redefinition - about what attention really is.

Best regards,

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