On architecture

by Dorian Minors

March 28, 2021

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Excerpt

There can be no growth without something upon which to grow, and so we must build and maintain an architecture: those instruments both within and outside ourselves that enable us to sustain our cynosure.

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To me, we can collect what's important around six organising principles that provide just such a foundation; three within, and three without.

There can be no growth without something upon which to grow, and so we must build and maintain an architecture: those instruments both within and outside ourselves that enable us to sustain our cynosure. To me, we can collect what’s important around six organising principles that provide just such a foundation; three within, and three without.

Within us we must maintain: our somatic architecture, our mind and body, the most basic of our tools; our thought architecture, ideas and beliefs laid down by others that we can adopt to smooth our own path; and our spiritual architecture, our tools for connecting to the meaning in the world around us.

Without, there should be: our digital architecture, our digital personhood which is as much an entity as our physical one; our collective architecture, the people with whom we share in our successes; and our wealth architecture, the basic means of life.

Of course, such things will not be exclusive, and the edges between them will blur, but as organising principles, they provide a framework to support us in our efforts.


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