it is funny how we continue to want to live "inside the box" . . . categories do not define the human very well. From a comment by Ener Hax on the Anthropic/Avatarian Chart.
I used the quote above as inspiration for a day of tweets mulling the idea of #insideabox. Here's an edited and enhanced version of what I came up with:
When you're thinking outside "the" box you're still thinking #insideabox. Meditational awareness can be outside the context of boxes, but the minute you put it into words you're back in boxland. Thought depends upon categorization. Language inherently differentiates, categorizes and labels. The moral of this slow motion tweet rant is that we're always #insideabox and #outsideabox until the #nobox of enlightenment.
Conceptual boxes are like infinite Russian dolls. I love the heady rush of a new insight as much as anyone, but every time I break out of one limited point of view I'm breaking into another. That's neither bad nor good, just the nature of the beast.
A map isn't the territory. Treating concepts as reality is like driving a car with a map covering the windshield. So one danger in seeing any insight as "THE TRUTH" is that you stop reality testing.
Objectification isn't seeing someone as a person in a box, but rather seeing the box as being the person. It's the difference between saying, "Botgirl is an Avatarian" and "All Avatarians are lunatics, so Botgirl is a lunatic." The latter is especially harmful when used to support the oppression of people by race, gender, sexual preference, religion, etc.
A monk's cell. A mother's womb. A martial arts form. A committed relationship. A musical key. A choreography. All are boxes. Boxes are temporary and flexible containers. Problems come when we treat them as rigid and eternal structures.
Is 140 charactors a box we're inside of or a means to transcend habitual thinking? User experience will vary. I've found that the solid limitations of box can be the solid ground I use to lift myself out of habitual perspectives and ways of doing things.
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