The Confident Web

The last few months I have been responding to six principles identified by Acharya Arawana Hayashi during the Shambhala Art Weekend I attended in Boston last spring. In this post I am contemplating the principle of confidence, “…when we are actually creating a work of art there is a sense of total confidence. (True Perception p.2)

In his lecture on Neopragmantism, Professor Fry offers a theory that human language did not originate out of a need to communicate but out of a propensity to scribble doodles and make melodious or rhythmic sounds. Language has come to serve human communication needs, but existed prior to performing that service. This theory on the origin of language is in radical opposition to the often quoted axiom that we write to be read. One version of the axiom, by Leo Rosten, goes:

A writer writes…because he is driven by the need to communicate. Behind the need to communicate is the need to share. Behind the need to share is the need to be understood.

I’ve quoted Rosten and other […]