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The Pie

Under the Fray… There’s Pie

Re-purposed DIY debut photo. Re-purposed perspectives. “Pioneer” on thermos is for “new territory”: )

Meet Emily. We’re on a Medium mission together now.

Emily and I are as different as red and blue. She’s a thirty-something and I’m a fifty-something. She’s artsy from an artsy background. I’m a former science teacher/engineer who grew up on a conventional grain and hog farm. She’s left of center, and many would say I’m right of center (but I say there’s a thought-limiting problem with the labels). She’s a bit of a rebel. I’m not. There are generational differences and other factors. There are little things like how she didn’t change her name when she got married. My wife did, and I say it’s confusing otherwise. But I get it. There are more than a couple ways of looking at things.

We discovered that we had some common affections though. Working together some at Matchbox Coworking Studio in Lafayette, IN, we accidentally discovered we like a lot of the same music. Indie Folk, for one, and we share a lot of favorite artists. We also both graduated from nearby Purdue, from what was the School of Technology (Polytechnic Institute now). The picture is from Purdue’s campus (but I bet few Boilermakers even can identify the spot).

We both like understanding how all kinds of things work. We like holding things out at arm’s length and rotating them around for a better understanding. We’re possibly a little nerdy in that. It’s going to take some exploration and new perspectives though (nerds do well here), and that’s what this is about. I’m thinking a lot of other people feel the same way.

But here’s the thing. I kinda think some of us need to explore things from the roots a little like neuroscientists and behavioral scientists do, not that we’ll get bogged down in technical details.

I think the complexity we’d get into from starting at the top of the 10,000(?) year old heap of agricultural man’s thinking would be overwhelming and limited in narrative and context. I say the roots are in our brains, and that we can understand our situation and options better by seeing our cultural assumptions like a tree that has grown.

I think Emily’s OK with that too, but her focus has been different. That’s one of the reasons I think we make a great team for this, and maybe it helps that we don’t really know each other well.

There are a lot of writers covering insights about neuroscience and thought processes these days. We think there’s a way to put all these things together and come up with a different way of understanding the problems we’re facing. But Utopia, nopia — as I like to say. That’s okay.

Emily and I are very different people, and we probably disagree on a lot of things. But both of us have a strong hunch that there’s something just under the surface of our personal and collective frays that’s starting to emerge.

“Those darn Millennials.” The general societal fray is profitable for many many people. We’re primally wired to pay attention to or jump into the fray, but there are other things more interesting developing, and we’re going to be looking at those. Those developments are why it looks to me like the Millennials and younger might experience a better era than the Boomers have, even going back to the Fifties. Yes, better is a complex concept.

We’re not talking about any guru or woo woo in The Pie, and it’s not a panacea or recipe for Utopia, but lately there have been a lot of important new insights on how we think and feel, and this percolates into economic choices and paradigms, as new information always has (whether it’s right or wrong and helpful or harmful). It’s not about ethics, it’s not a revolution, but it is a change.

I see mostly Millennials and younger benefiting from the the emerging paradigms, if they’re not too busy to notice. It’s partly in terms of lifestyles that reduce pressure and anger, ignore the media’s business models of fear and strife, spend much more time outside, and even see urban/rural differently, as crazy as that might sound for now.

There’s a lot of room for hybrid lifestyles in what has been emerging. Hybrid might be a key term in the 2020’s.

We hope you’ll follow us as we explore some things that you’ve maybe wondered about, too. This isn’t intended to be a prescription or prognosis on society, but we know the well-worn paths (or trenches) of political and economic “discussions” are not giving the whole picture. They’re making things harder, more divisive, less satisfying, more stressful, more miserable, than they need to be.

Maybe it’s just time for a reset in thinking as I’ve written a lot about here. It’s at least time to explore some assumptions and frameworks more deeply. The main title is a kind of statement of faith, or statement of strong hunch. We’re going under the fray, or the froth, because we think there’s something good there. You might be thinking the same way, or at least hope it’s true for the sake of our futures and that of our grand kids.

This is just an introduction and an invitation to join us. If you’ve got a little time and are a little disappointed that there’s not more “content” this time, there are about eighty posts I did here as a way to archive thoughts. None of this has been promoted much, and I realize it’s a niche audience, so part of our mission on Medium is to get serious about gathering the tribe for this.

Here’s the first of a series of Cursory Rhymes for our Curious Times. Jump down to the middle of the page if you want to skip the introduction.

Thanks for reading, and I hope you’ll follow us. (Join Medium if you haven’t, it’s a great place for exploring perspectives and a lot of other things.)

Tim

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