Writing About Thinking About Writing

I haven’t been posting much over the last few weeks. There’s no real reason for this, much of my life has remained constant over that period of time so I can’t pass the responsibility to the busy-ness of life. What I can talk about is the number of posts I have half written. There must be around 15 drafts on wordpress with the beginnings of ideas that I’d like to explore at some point, but haven’t fully formed my thoughts on so can’t figure out which direction I’m going in. And that’s alright. It’s sort of the point of having a blog, for me. Many of my posts go off in directions I hadn’t predicted or introduce some new idea I hadn’t considered.

Right now I’m reading a book called Thinking of Answers by A.C. Grayling. The book is a collection of brief (two to five pages) thoughts on various topics. His point, as stated at the beginning of the book, is not to solve the questions or give a firm answer at all. He just wants to think a little more about these topics and hope that we readers decide to go looking for more when the questions are meaningful to us. I love the concept of it because it’s what so many of us fail to do in every day life. (Those of us with blogs are a little better at this, insomuch as we tend to explore our thoughts or feelings (which can be questionable) on what’s happening in the world and in our personal lives.) I highly value taking time to think. And I highly value being able to see when you’re wrong. I often think we aren’t critical of ourselves. And the entire point of philosophy is to be critical of every thought (sometimes to its detriment).

So I have a post about an impartial observer related to the “turtles all the way down” story. I don’t know exactly what I want to say about it, but I want to say something. I have a post about the limits of human capabilities and why acknowledging them should not be seen as putting a definite cap on those capabilities but a first step to overcoming them. I have a post about life and death and how unimportant and important it is.¬† Asymmetry. Pornography. Inconsistency.

And, yet, I’ve said little. I think I’m setting standards on what I post and I’m not sure if I should or not. Perhaps I should worry about being incoherent but not so much so that I should be ready to publish.

Writing About Thinking About Writing

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