Rachel White

Lawrence, KS, United States

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Rachel White
Posted over 3 years ago
We can learn by exchanging and discussing our own lists of "10 Things I Know to be True."
Gosho, you wrote that, "explaining something why is true, does not make it more true." Your comment is about increasing the truthiness of truth, and it doesn't really address the focus of my previous statement, which was about communication. But, here are some of my ideas about your statement: I believe explanation should occur only when accompanied by exploration, and it is only by this process (exploring our ideas, and trying to explain our findings) that we can fine-tune our beliefs. Explaining requires specificity, and I believe there is power in specificity. (So did Rilke, Faulkner, Goethe, Montaigne, and William Carlos Williams, and countless others.) I believe that without specificity, beliefs are mush, ideas are mush, and our brains are mush. Our ideas are living--Give them bones. Give them names. Pound said, "go in fear of abstractions," and the only times I've not followed this advice is when I'm trying to obscure the truth, to smooth things over, to "soften" the real by making it blurry. My previous statement focused the troubles that arise when we try to communicate our ideas to others. Our ideas of "true things" are prone to the same pitfalls that have plagued non-telepathic human communication since the dawn of language. The question for me is always: How do I translate into words my sensations, feelings, ideas, and beliefs? The reason I ask this question is because I want to share things that I believe are true. Which begs the question, did you read my list yet?
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Rachel White
Posted over 3 years ago
We can learn by exchanging and discussing our own lists of "10 Things I Know to be True."
I like #8, but maybe "that which is true" does need to be defended, in a way. I mean, if we want to share what we believe is true (& the rest of this comment hinges on that "if), we need to communicate it somehow, and enmeshed with that communication IS the defense. The defense is implied, I think. And if someone doesn't understand it, we can't just leave it there, misunderstood, or at least I can't. I find myself saying, "Here's this thing I think is true. If you don't see it right off, then maybe I can explain what I see in it, and maybe then you'll see it, too."
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Rachel White
Posted over 3 years ago
We can learn by exchanging and discussing our own lists of "10 Things I Know to be True."
Here are 10 Things I Know to be True: 1. Our last act on earth will be to shit ourselves. 2. Nexcare is preferable to Band-Aid. 3. Louis C.K. 4. People often give terrible, delusional advice. 5. The future does not exist. There is only now. And now. And now. 6. Faulkner. 7. Anderson Cooper. 8. Orphaned baby birds are difficult to save. 9. We can learn a lot about human nature by watching zombie movies. 10. Ira Glass is a douche.