Recently my book selections have been about social network and cyber terror. Not the cyber terror where the flick of a light switch will blow up your house, but the terror of cyber companies taking over your life.
I read The Circle by Dave Eggers and am about to finish Mr. Penumbra’s 24- Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. In both books, the idea of OLD KNOWLEDGE is thought of in a different way– old knowledge being what is not on the internet or digitized yet. At a meeting of a genealogy group this Saturday, one of the women talked about the old knowledge records in Ireland that are not digitized. The hunt for information in the book stacks seems to be the good old pure kind. Hand on paper–maybe with gloves to protect the parchment, but tactile never the less.
Your last assignment from the worksheet labeled Practices requires old knowledge of yourself, as only you can know. This of course will require that deep thinking mode and honesty to yourself.
Escape your present point of view and place of residence and people active in your life. Maybe picture yourself alone on a cliff above an ocean. Come to the excercise with a brainstorming mentality where everything needs to be put on the erase board of your life.
Start a list of your various futures and options—-this is different for an old person with old knowledge because you have a track record of change and movement and joys and disappointments. A 18 year old may not have all the baggage filled with various sizes of clothes, some stained and dirty, some worn out and some waiting to be worn. Put the list in simple words on a piece of paper that you have written on with a pencil or pen and keep it around for several days to help you see if there are some changes you can make (or should make) for the best life you can have while you have a life.
If you are stuck in the norm, an exceptional elder will ask for opinions of people they trust. Form a couple of broad questions and find some one with old knowledge to talk with.
Trust your gut,