This project reminds me of a juvenile fiction book I read when I was little. The narrator was a teenage girl, and her mother was an inventor. She was trying to invent the perfect raincoat. The mother stayed out in her laboratory for long periods of time… and the project stretched out over years, many crazy prototypes, and rollercoaster emotions… until the mother finally “got it”. “I’ve realized,” she said, “That the perfect raincoat is… not to go out in the rain at all.” That blew my little juvenile mind.
Similarly, as this design gets simpler and smaller, I start to like it more and more… so I guess the ultimate gestalt is just for me to describe the idea to you, and have you imagine the design in your head. Beautiful economy of line, and so good for the environment.
Here is something else.
In his book Thoughts Without a Thinker, psychiatrist Mark Epstein recounts this teaching by the Thai meditation master Achaan Chaa.
“You see this goblet?” Achaan Chaa asks. “For me this glass is already broken. I enjoy it; I drink out of it. It holds my water admirably, sometimes even reflecting the sun in beautiful patterns. If I should tap it, it has a lovely ring to it. But when I put this glass on the shelf and the wind knocks it over or my elbow brushes it off the ground and it shatters, I say, “Of course.” When I understand that this glass is already broken, every moment with it is precious.”*
Do these ideas support each other? Why or why not? Be sure to cite specific examples from the texts.
Should one add value to a relationship by understanding that the relationship has already ended?
Does watching Sex in the City make you stupid?
* I got this from Meditation for Dummies.