On Beauty and Structure

Fragment from imaginary dialogues

There’s a beauty of content and a beauty of structure.

“You posted a while ago a collection of directives inspired by Josh Waitzkin [<link]. Maybe you can use that as an example.”

“Ok, let’s go with that.

The beauty of content lies in the directives themselves, in the meaning expressed by those ideas. 

The beauty of structure lies in how the directives are organized

Right now the directives are organized alphabetically. That’s an abstract structure, which makes the information easier to find. It’s serviceable, but we can do better.

We can create beauty through structure. By creating a more meaningful structure, we can make the information more impactful and memorable.”

“How do you do that?”

“One way is by using two mental models: Grouping and Sequencing [<link].

For instance let’s take a bunch of directives from the list:

F

Find your unique voice in the learning process.

Build your relationship to learning around your nuance of character.

L

Learn who you are as a Learner.

Live life as deeply as you possibly can, and as beautifully as you possibly can.

M

Move beyond proficiency, make your work an expression of your essence. (The Art of Learning)

R

Regain the freedom to create like a child. (The Art of Learning)

Through Grouping we can bring them together to create a block of meaning (meaning-block).

Find your unique voice in the learning process.

Build your relationship to learning around your nuance of character.

Learn who you are as a Learner.

Live life as deeply as you possibly can, and as beautifully as you possibly can.

Move beyond proficiency, make your work an expression of your essence. (The Art of Learning)

Regain the freedom to create like a child. (The Art of Learning)

Through Sequencing we can order the contents of the meaning-block to make the message more impactful. 

Compare:

Live life as deeply as you possibly can, and as beautifully as you possibly can.

Learn who you are as a Learner.

Find your unique voice in the learning process.
Build your relationship to learning around your nuance of character.

Move beyond proficiency, make your work an expression of your essence. (The Art of Learning)

Regain the freedom to create like a child. (The Art of Learning)

The difference is subtle but powerful. The difference is in how it makes you feel. Through careful sequencing, you can make each directive build upon the previous ones in an amplifying crescendo.

I call this structural-beauty.

The beauty of it is that the directives are taken from various sources, some from The Art of Learning, others from interviews with Josh, all brought together in a poem-like structure.”

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About Dani Trusca

Life-Artist, Thinker, Mover (Traceur)

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