Appreciation for the Zeitgeist
I just wanted to express some gratitude towards the burgeoning zeitgeist around personal knowledge management (PKM).
We live in a time of unequal mental overwhelm. PKM is a means to exert at least a sense of control over an environment naturally selected to game our attention. The ongoing pandemic accentuates both the overwhelm, and the need for order.
- The Zettelkasten Forum is home to an ongoing, rich dialectic.
- The Archive adheres to its principles and provides a home for many to create some mental order.
- Other folks have jumped onto the scene with their own takes at knowledge management.
- There's the Roam Cult (a "cult" around knowledge management, how crazy is that!)
- There's very active engagement on the development of Obsidian, by the creator(s) of Dynalist (thanks for the heads up @Eiff )
- "Teenagers" are pushing back against their "Parents" demanding to know why they need to brush their teeth. Oh sorry, I mean newer members are challenging older members about why Date/Time IDs (DTIDs) carry more value than other arbitrary styles of filename IDs. (I learned a lot from the dialectic and came away richer for it, so I'm thankful for those challengers of convention!)
The need for Getting Things Sorted is clearly in the air.
I am thankful The Archive is run by people who make their movements count, who follow the Signal not the Noise, and naturally filter their actions through the lens of what makes a system more/less fragile—making sure not to add noisy, fragile features without careful considerations.
I'm thankful because way too often I'm the one who's overwhelmed and mentally scattered. And jumping into The Archive has a way of putting some sense of control and order back into the air.
That is all.
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