I like to think of my ideas as stacks of thoughts.
There they are, my ideas are built on my previous ideas. As are everyone else’s.
When we see other people’s thoughts and ideas, sometimes we automatically get critical.
“Oh hey that red block of thought is not correct”.
It’s very easy to say, I know better, my stack is higher. In the pursuit of excitement, the attempt to add to someone else’s stack, destroy some of someone else’s favourite stack.
How do we speak in a way that does not knock down each other’s thought stacks?
What’s the good in sharing what we know, it’s better to share how we found out. “I used to think that box was red, but then I found out this other idea”. But this is only a translation of, “you need these two boxes”. Ideally we want to be one step above that, share how we together can learn that we know.
Because sometimes we don’t know…
Just how deep the rabbit holes of other people go…
And importantly, you’re much more likely to discover the deep stacks of ideas, when you are open to them being there, and making space for them to appear.
After writing this down I noticed that this post is wrong in ways that I am excited about! This post implies the illusion of continuity of minds. And now I am wondering how to fit that idea into this idea.