Structuring Infinity

Day 182 Week 27 Q3 Sunday, July 2, 2023

This sounds oxymoronic, but I assure you it is not. It is what all fecund creative outliers need to do. We all have more ideas than we can hope to act upon. And as we are still alive and kicking, there will certainly be more. A possible working definition of infinity is; having more than you can handle. This can feel infinite.

How can you structure more than you handle? Simply do not attempt to handle it all. If a fountain of ideas is constantly spurting forward, you need to do something about it, or it will create a big enough mess to prevent you from getting anywhere.

Therefore you either have to structure infinity or ignore it. These are both legitimate choices. Sometimes people create subdimensional projections of themselves to make them easier to handle by others and themselves. Others want to hold onto their greater dimensional version, but this can be tricky.

Now that we have unlimited amounts of storage in the form of cloud accounts, SD cards and SSDs, one might conclude we have containers to put our relative infinities in, but they still do not fit. We can easily store more than we can keep track of. Librarians have been dealing with this for a long time, first using the Dewey Decimal System and then the Library of Congress system. Some of us have accumulated hundreds or thousands of books, magazines, CDs and pieces of paper in folders. Now that we have mostly all gone digital, we have jumped a few orders of magnitude to each having millions of files.

We are all dealing with infinity on a regular basis. Sometimes poorly and sometimes with excellence. The difference is a function of how well we can structure infinity. Is there a reference frame that does not change much? Are the same things important now that were important earlier? Do the file formats started with still exist? Does being organized sometimes feel like a Holy Grail? 

Personal computers have been around for over forty years. During this time, people have developed the technical capability to structure infinity. We can now fit more information in a shoebox than what previously took a warehouse, but to do so, we each have to become information scientists, who used to be called librarians.  There used to be a graduate degree called library science, and now it has become a Master of Library and Information Science or MLIS.

All of us have to write, but we are not all writers, and all of us have to organize information, but we are not all masters at it. As an amateur at structuring infinity, I find it immensely worthwhile to invest the effort to do so as a matter of self-defense from myself. 

We live in increasingly infinite times to such an extent that one can no longer hide from them. This makes structuring infinity a higher priority than ever before for all of us creators who traffic in infinities.