Transient states of being and modularity within networks :

One might think, judging by the title, that this essay might be about the interactions between eastern philosophical meditative states and how they integrate into complex systems possibly through a digitally connected environment, but in fact this is about moving residence. Not long ago I completed a 740 km journey from one end of the north island to the other, a southern migration; like a bead of condensation driven by gravity on the windshield or a blue digitized line on the screen of a mobile device, its GPS following me everywhere I go. As I move along the prescribed route intersecting various coordinates, numbers and symbols dance across my field of vision. Mostly the journey is fluid, traveling at constant speeds, a direct route through varied topologies, occasionally there are diversions, intersections that interrupt the flow and divert attention, possible bifurcations and distractions.

As I traveled, I began to contemplate the effect that environment might have on ones being and how the outcomes of those experience manifest themselves through communication. Every time I leave a place I feel as if I have left something behind, not in the sense of forgetting something but more like a type of residue, something that is never seen, felt or heard. Every input one receives from these environments and experiences alters the way we see things and the way we react. I suppose one could say that humans are reactive identities with the ability to adjust their senses and responses in relation to their proximity, physical or psychological, to situations and events. In a way this is what set us apart; our ability to analyze any situation and adapt our thinking, our modes of comprehension and to adjust to other beings where we can either passively integrate or aggressively react or somewhere in between.

to be continued ...