You may have read my blog post about death being life’s picture frame. I took that concept and extended it into a speech for the Institute of General Semantics. The major influences of the idea stem from Gregory Bateson and Corey Anton, both of which have extensive ties to the organization.
If you have never heard of General Semantics, it follows the writing and teaching of Alfred Korzybski. Korzybski’s point was that our language, particularly English, is problematic with regard to meaning. His system, which he called General Semantics, is a method of adding clarity (and sanity) to our perceptions of the world and our meaning-making capabilities.
Korzybski was a WWI veteran and wrote much of his material in the 1920s-1930s. He saw the rise of Hitler and fascism, and wanted to combat it. Thus, General Semantics.
You may ask, why are we still talking about it today? While we may or may not be nearing WWIII, there is plenty of unrest in our world. Much of it can be attributed to misunderstanding, lack of awareness of how our perceptions dictate our realities, and a predisposition to react emotionally instead of rationally.
My speech offers insight into how we can alter our perceptions of death to make the best of the present, the limited time we have in the world. Check it out and let me know what you think.
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