The modern world is full of uncertainty and requires a knowledge system to maintain confidence and receptivity. Anyone who has even tried meditation quickly realizes how little a single session can give within the context of a long journey. Single meditations are exercised with great resistance. We are constantly lacking focus and attention, and new distractions are constantly emerging. However, over time, we’re experiencing the cumulative effect of our work, and we’re starting to notice as small changes become a part of everyday life. We’re starting to take a broader view and notice the hints of the universe.
The same happens with any information we get. We need to be sensitive to even the smallest changes in the world around us. Each of these signals is a sign — a clue — a hint from the universe to find the balance.
We must hear these signals and deal with them properly. Individually, they are just small facts — a piece of knowledge about the world around us — closely related to our unique experience, but connected, they form a whole worldview. When a person remembers an answer to a hint, the world exponentially increases the repeat interval of this hint, showing it more often. These increasing intervals allow storing a collection of thousands of hints, using only a few dozen each day. New information can be very different from the previous one. We do not see the connections, we do not understand the relationships, and we do not distinguish the value of a given hint. The complex knowledge system begins to assemble over a long period of time, when seemingly unrelated events begin to intersect — establishing new meanings. We receive these hints usually when we’re least prepared — when we’re on the road or waiting in line. That is why it is important for us to be open to new experiences.
Taking notes is not enough. The less attention is paid to the clue, the less it will be remembered the next day. We are surprisingly careless with information we receive. We don’t take notes and we rarely try to reconsider our experience. Furthermore, we can’t write in a language we don’t understand. It’s very difficult to correctly formulate the clues and not to limit the context beforehand. This allows information to mature and unfold into a full-fledged idea.
With the abundance of information that falls on us, essential things are soon forgotten or they become difficult to distinguish. Usually, the system that we have at our disposal is not flexible enough for the scattered flow of incoming information.
Messengers have their own laws of information flow, corporate mail — the others, there is no general protocol to synchronize them. Context switching may seem to be a cognitive benefit, but it creates problems at work because we’re rarely able to go deep in such a setting. Even if we spend a couple of weekends creating a complex [[zettelkasten]] notes structure, its complexity is likely to be enormous, and in the long run, everything will collapse.
Even if the information continues to be collected, we will quickly realize that without revision, without regular procedures of refactoring the hints we’ve got, we are not benefiting from them at all.