I've had a very hectic month and I haven't blogged during that time. I thought about it a lot but I didn't do it. There's obviously a big difference between thought and action but when it comes to writing the difference is worth examining because its very interesting.
Right now I am sitting quietly and inventing these words. There's a difference from rumination in that I'm slowing down and focusing but its very closely related. Writing is very theraputic and mind altering I think because it changes the way you think as you do it but it's also very much like private thought.
But it has this public aspect.
You're reading this. I don't know when and I don't know where. I also don't know who you are (which something that changes with the medium and that alters the message...). But essentially you are now engaged in a private activity in which you're focusing on these words and this idea which is now affecting your thoughts and consciousness.
It seems to me that reading and writing are distinct from thought and action. They are a combination of both but they are really neither. Reading and writing are something else. When you think about it a strangely intimate means of communication.
Of course it doesn't really feel intimate does it? So obviously that's not the right word. What I am saying or writing here comes out of my thoughts directly to the screen and then, via the internet, directly into your head.
But its not intimate. I can't see you. But it is intimate in that we now have a connection. But its not in that I don't know you at all.
Intimate in one direction?
What is it?