Culture Life & Philosophy

The number of combinations

To make anything is to change perception, as every viewer arrives at an interpretation based on the accumulation of experience.

Even twins see things differently.

People are lean, mean, interpreting machines. Even more, they recreate themselves as they go along. There is no blueprint — perspective is elastic.

We create as one, we view as another. There is no formula for invention when there’s a prebuilt audience of understanding. The act of pioneering is a shrewd guess, for what comes back are numerous and diverse combinations of ideas.

There are outliers among the creators, curators, and consumers. Should one narrow down their perception to appease the other, culture would implode.

The chaos of miscellany, as in any nature, is what keeps art organic.

Life & Philosophy

Anticipatory senses

A gif of guy sipping his coffee

When you already know what’s coming next, you’re immune to the feeling. Take self-massage for instance. It always feels better when someone else rubs your shoulders for you.

People externalize touch the same way they externalize their thoughts and other senses—the body elevates in anticipation of the surprise. When it comes to ice cream, for instance, the first taste is always with our eyes.

We breathe life into our future experiences, and our dopamine slowly runs for the exits after we dive in. Life is like having a cup of coffee. Pleasure is as temporary as an Instagram like.

You can’t outsource peak experience. It will forever be an internal response to things outside our immediate control.

gif by Kevin Carter