Creative Disconnection…


Introspection -> Inspection -> Understanding via Disconnection (Discover Creativity, Discover yourself)

What is Disconnection? In my opinion, disconnection is a tool to look at identities, ideas, perceptions, emotions, and circumstances objectively. It is the art of ceasing to flow like a lifeless log of wood on the river – unattached to it roots or purpose; trapped in the flow of subjective meaning imparted from impressions of assumed meaning of the world. The trick is to figure out that – It is NOT a question of right or wrong; it is a question of transcendence. I had this fleeting thought for a very long time, both from the philosophical aspect and from the aspect of discovering meaning such as to fit myself in the piece of this puzzle.

It is only recently that I could ask the right question when I read the book – The Moment of Clarity. I learnt a great deal and the words go something like this: “Our understanding of the world is based entirely on context, we can only ever truly understand our tools— our mobile phones, our coffee, our cars— when these objects break down. We can only understand what it means to be online when, suddenly, we are unable to get online. Our phones only make sense to us when someone takes them away. A line for a coffee cart outside our office only becomes clear to us when we are from a culture that does not stand in line for coffee. Things withdrawn from our understanding, from our mere consideration, come to the fore when they are disconnected from their chains of meaning. Only through this disconnection do we gain true understanding about our worlds.”

Isn’t that so true? – I asked myself. I thought about great products shipped from companies like Apple and Google and their key underlying ability to continue to do this. How could Google know Search was so important that it would become an inevitable part of our day-to-day live? How could Steve Jobs possibly know what he knew about the users needs? Is it just a natural order of nature or is it conscious intelligence to change for the better? I think it is the latter; Mother Nature just provides the playground and lessons for those who disconnect to listen. And then the answer came to me like it had been hiding in plain sight. The idea is to attach to the context but also disconnect in-order to break away from the shackles of what we define as established and impossible to truly discover – the new.

Give it a minute to digest and have a creative and productive day.

– Abhi


8 thoughts on “Creative Disconnection…

  1. Sunit Mangalvedhekar

    NIce written! Like the name “DARETODV8”. You are a true Jobs fan aren’t you? Controlled (intentional) detachment is so important in our daily grid. I am not a great fan of Freud (primarily due to my ignorance), but his “super ego” theory is very intriguing! Always wondered how the ability to look at yourself and the world from a third person point of view might somehow intersect with transcendence!

  2. Aditi Sharma

    Loved the thought.. this is actually something i have been trying to implement myself. But you know like they say “there is a difference between knowing the path and walking on the path “.
    To quote you ” to have the right amount of disconnect while being still in context”, that does the trick.
    Well way to go..whoohooo 🙂

  3. Vishvas Mangalvedhekar

    I appreciate your interest of reading books on varied subjects and express your views with clarity in spite of your busy schedule of persuading masters. Keep it up Abhishek! ! Great.

  4. Shantanu Mangalvedhekar

    Loved the Blog Abhi..
    “Mother Nature just provides the playground and lessons for those who disconnect to listen.”
    This line is so very poetic and Philosophical…
    And the way you have summarized your thoughts in the next line “Attach to the context but disconnect…”
    Is simply a master stroke..
    Keep it going Abhi 🙂

  5. Akshay Vaidya

    Wonderfully articulated piece Abhishek. I liked the way you define the creative disconnection using the analogy of log of wood.

    I had read this somewhere about transcendence- Electronics itself is a great teacher of spirituality. In Semiconductors, electrons get excited from valence band and transcend to the conduction band. Which is nothing but leaving the ground state and moving towards the excited state by grabbing the spiritual energy. Though we’re computer engineers, it made a lot of sense to me. 🙂

    I think, we being the privileged individuals who can atleast think of something like this; lets try to get others acquainted with this tool or art.

    Thanks for sharing.

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