I have always thought of myself as a wandering seeker searching for truth, knowledge, understanding, and wisdom, someone whom the Greeks call a zetetic, someone who seeks truth and knowledge but does not claim it. The wisdom I seek is the wisdom needed to live well while lowering harmful demands and impacts on others.
At the same time, I do not seek to solve the story’s problem. Instead, my primary purpose on the journey is the journey itself. I love exploring fasting, fungi & fractals without knowing what will result from it. So if Picasso and I had a chat, he might tell me that I have never been a seeker but a finder. A finder who is not yet sure what she will find by the end of this project.
I found that to be a stark contrast to how we approach knowledge and solutions in the western industrialized world.
One of my concerns and one frequent question about fasting, fungi & fractals has been what the outcome is. What will I get out of it in the end? And my inability to answer has caused me a few sleepless nights, some insecurity, and creativity to distract from the question.
One of the concerns when we talk about sustainability is what the outcomes will be. We defined the SDG’s, set carbon caps, and calculate our overshoot day (which, by the way, was May 4th in Germany). Would we be able to transition towards the Ecocene if we didn’t set these outcomes Yet, wouldn’t not focusing on the outcomes be naive, aimless, and ineffective? Where would we be heading if we stopped setting goals, and what would we be doing if we stopped seeking solutions?