Exploring Life: On the Frontiers of Experience is a journey into the dynamics of the human life course, an investigation of personal growth (intellectually, creatively, spiritually), and a cross-disciplinary inquiry into how we can best learn from experience in order to live a good life. The unifying theme is exploration and the willingness to step on to unfamiliar terrain, keenly observe the surround, and then undertake the struggle to find a way to cross the threshold and become more fully human.
This work is organized into five broad frontiers of experience: body, mind, spirit, culture, and nature. A frontier is the terrain between the known and the unknown, stability and transience, as well as control and the limits of human agency. Frontiers of experience are permeated with novelty, uncertainty, and potential that, inevitably, become defining features of our course in life. The explorations here are relentlessly cross-disciplinary spanning art and the humanities, science, technology, culture, history, and philosophy.
The writing style here is varied, sometimes leaning toward the poetic and other times the expository. Poems are written to capture the creative essence of a powerful dynamic in the space of a few short words. Poetic prose is used to give an idea more space and time to reveal itself. And sometimes the writing will simply be expository and map out basic ideas in simple prose that may later become the inspiration for more creative and imaginative exploration.
Exploring Life is a creative and imaginative work. It is a journey into the art of living. It is an adventure demanding creativity, discernment, and a willingness to confront the fierce realities of everyday life. And it is a celebration of the fact that there is something rather than nothing at all. Sometimes the journey will feel uplifting and inspiring. At other times it will remind us of the depths of our vulnerability and the impermanence of our being.
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