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(74) Once there is difference, there is complementarity.
Once there is complementarity, there is movement. Art
happens in the balance thereby created.

Sometimes we look for Art where there is intense
activity, either on the performance stage or in the
political arena. But how frequently we come away
disappointed because of the lack of any movement
of a significant kind. Despite the camouflage of all
the noise and commotion, as well as the allure of
the superficial sophistication which comes with
complicatedness and unnecessary difficulty of
every description, we feel somehow cheated
because what is happening makes no real,
that is, relevant—difference.


COMMENTARY ON MINIATURE (74)

An ear for relevance has become in the era of the
non-stop rush of digital data more important than
ever. If information is "a difference that makes a
difference,"
as Gregory Bateson used to say, than
relevance is at a more subtle level, information about
information. In other words, it has become extremely
relevant to from a neutral perspective consider
relevance itself. This has everything to do with what
we view as primary, especially what we see as
primary problems. These are the problems with the
widest and deepest circle of concern and influence, like
Climate Change, or the development of a new alternative
sun-based energy path, or rethinking the ecological limits
that should guide and give shape to economic structures.
One of the key characteristics of clear thinking is, I feel
very strongly, having a sense of what are the really
important problems of the day, what is there history, and
how they are interrelated. It is also a key feature of
interpersonal relationship. Nothing bonds two people,
or a family, or a community together as strongly as a
powerful, shared sense of this, what we might call here,
problem space. Why? Because of the way it gives
purpose and direction to, and focuses, both
individual and collective energy.


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