2022-08-27 07:46

I’ve been thinking that the most difficult thing to do is convince someone that two things — any two things — are not connected. We can argue endlessly about whether a connection is meaningful or not, but we never doubt that the connection is there, somewhere; if we haven’t found it, that’s only because we haven’t looked hard enough for it yet. We define something as meaningful if we are able to place it in the matrix of our worldview. When we associate a specific thing in the context of other things, then we feel we understand it. Context is everything, precisely because that’s how we understand our world. If we can’t contextualize something, we simply can’t grasp it. Connections are the core of meaning and it is literally unthinkable — not to mention deeply offensive — that there might not be a “because” to any “why” we might ask.

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