Weekend brief #Week30

Another cycle comes to an end. The 30th week of 2017 has brought insight and surprise into my life. Digesting the events this weekend will be fun. Imaginations are getting ready for take off!

I’ve logged some hours with the communities that I’m working with and I’m doing my best not to pick a favourite but alas, this was decided long before I even began, featured picture).

govt avenue table mnt
A central garden with charm

I’ve decided to the deem the rest of the communities as peripheral communities. These peripheral communities are built on the community that I have grown to love and appreciate. The vibrant ecosystem that gives Cape Town its world class beauty.

This week, I’ve noticed this beauty fold into different dimensions. Emerging in the people that have made their homes here. Of course, in the harsh terrain that most of the communities have cultivated for themselves, the rarity of human beauty is a little saddening.

Thankfully, the revolution is well underway. Cultures are mixing and mingling. Mindsets are changing as their owners feel the impact of their choices. Political leaders dig their own graves and push individuals into radical states. Communities tying events together in increasingly autonomous ways.

golden acre clock
Complexity in each community

I’m intrigued by the sheer force that this city (Cape Town) has. The individuals that trigger the mechanisms may or may not be oblivious to their contribution but the physical structures make it plain for any African to see. Especially if they’re from a small town, like me.

So this weekend, as I think about learning styles, I’ll also be thinking about the rate of integration in local communities.


A human, evolving

I’m a conglomeration of matter, aware.

My awareness inhabits (or springs from) a complex biological system that has a measure of influence over my awareness.

I am a human being. This name has been given to me by the 7.5 billion other conscious biological systems that seem to understand the world the way I do. It is seen as normal, for so many autonomous systems to have mutual understandings like this. I find it jarring. I find it absurdly incredible to be part of this seething mass.

Microcosms lend their characteristics to us. We live, grow and die. We are a single, pixelated culture that feeds off energy stored in various forms. Transmuting this planet, we’ve created our own world, distinct and impactful.

Man's rival and companionWe have this world contained within ourselves. It is a world built on pain and suffering, fashioned by the will to pleasure and power.

As the being that we are, we’re able to perceive chemical reactions within our systems as emotions, which drive our actions in our daily lives. Our behaviour becomes our tradition, which inspires our beliefs and this in turn creates the specific morals within the cultures that cordon off our communities.

My biological system may evolve slowly but my awareness is what defines my individual humanity.