the tipping point
i read the malcolm gladwell book a few years ago and it made a lot of sense to me at the time, and it made me aware of the author in a way i had not been before, and i remembered its title. that’s about it. when i think of it years later i remember snippets. stuff like synchonicity (not the police album). so i did a search and thankfully mr. gladwell has made it easy for me to remember his point:
It’s that ideas and behavior and messages and products sometimes behave just like outbreaks of infectious disease. They are social epidemics.
the other day i was at a juice bar in soho and the book LETTING GO OF THE PERSON YOU USED TO BE was resting on the top of my work out bag and a tall, thin, odd-seeming fellow saw it and asked me about it. i told him it was good. nothing revolutionary — things you intuitively know but that it came to me at the right time and gave me some good reminders. he asked me whether i had noticed that a lot of people are doing that these days — letting go of the person who they used to be. i said yes, i did notice. he asked what my theory was. i said i thought it was the internet — freeing up information and energy and helping people see and understand how conneceted we all really are. he made a point to tell me he wasn’t on the internet. i said yeah but i am and the internet is what led me to a friend, who had a blog where she told me and others about this book. i then purchased said book over the internet, read it and carried it along in my bag today and here we are having this conversation. he wrote down the title, and told me about WHEN THINGS FALL APART by Pema Chodron. (nota bene: It just occurred to me that the titles of two different albums by my favorite contemporary hip hop band, the roots, are: THE TIPPING POINT and THINGS FALL APART. wacky.)
been having a lot more of these aha moments lately. it’s pretty cool. now i’m reading THE MYSTERY OF THE CRYSTAL SKULLS: unlocking the secrets of the past, present and future. it, too, is wacky, new age, no doubt. was reccommended to me by duffy, the lady who cares for my eyebrows. (yes, in addition to a having a personal trainer, a shrink, and a hair stylist, i have designated one particular individual to help me care for my eyebrows. should i be embarrassed? i think not. it takes a village.) we got off on one of our “out there” convo’s one day and she said i had to read this book. so here i am reading it. and i told here about the book THE BIOLOGY OF TRANSCENDENCE which is another one that sticks with me somehow. i remember it as being about the evolution of the human brain — the fact that it’s changing and some children being born these days have a more evolved intelligence.
i am repeatedly amazed by the pattern that things take. the randomness and the order as well. knowing that, i tend to smile at a lot more people on the street each day.