I told him I notice how I'm sometimes averse to making distinctions. I
notice how I would rather have the story. I notice how when I get
distinction, I'm in a space of no problems. I notice how I have to keep
on creating and creating and creating distinctions again and again and
again if I want them to endure. By themselves they seem to have no
response jolted me back to realizing something I already knew yet
didn't want to face full on.
He said "Distinctions have a short half life, and need to be recreated
from time to time.".
His response more than interested me, more than got my attention. It
woke me up. I didn't hear what he said as if he was
coaching me or as if he was advising me. Rather, I heard
what he said as if he was confirming what was already true for me in
I love the way he made his point referencing nuclear physics and
radioactive isotopes. The time taken for its radioactivity to drop by
half is the half life of an isotope. I love the way he
related distinctions to isotopes saying
distinctions also have a half life ie their power to bring forth
creativity and freshness drops off over time, hence their need to be
recreated from time to time.
But I've always known that about him: he's not only the
- he's also a physicist.