I often say that I want to get better at communication. What do I mean by this, by communication? Do I mean only written and spoken words? Images in graphic designs? Yeah, those things make up communication. But, when I talk about communication, I’m talking about being conscious of outcomes.
Carl Jung pointed out that until we make the unconscious conscious, it will run our lives and we will call it chance. This is what I mean by communication: articulating – through writing, speaking, and pictures – what’s driving me through life. And observing the outcomes of my communication.
Outcomes matter. Even the most vile and malicious people to have ever lived directed their vile and malicious actions toward an outcome. An outcome of chaos and disaster.
Anyways, my point is that I think it’s a mistake to leave ourselves “to our own devices.” Of course, there are people who don’t have a conscience, who destroy things and still sleep softly because they have no sense of morality. You could say that psychopaths “go with the flow”. The most remarkable people, I think, don’t just “go with the flow.” The most remarkable people work hard to make what’s driving them through life as conscious as possible. They have a robust understanding of what might go wrong if they don’t reconcile their capability for harm. They try to understand the potential consequences of their actions. They communicate to themselves – through whatever means they see fit – observe the outcomes, and if the outcomes aren’t acceptable, they change direction.
Communication is why I meditate every morning. It’s why I read. It’s why I talk to people on my podcast. Communication is why I’m writing this post. I’m doing all this, all this communicating with myself and others, because I’m trying to figure out how to best optimize for my mental and physical growth. I can’t think of a better way to spend one’s time here on Earth.