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Engage in Destruction
Engage in Destruction with Content. How do we make sense of a chaotic
world? So many inputs and possibilities... Take your time to absorb and
- Develop new modes of understanding
- Focus concentration
- Itemize influence
Lesson Plan: Define Action and Structure
Describe who is doing what, and why it matters...
- Who. Consider a person. Reflect on that person's
looks, actions, profession, mannerisms, values, posessions, family.
Draw elements of this person's life into their profile. Mix it up. Eyes
and a diamond. Lips and a fire.
- What. Consider a theme -- environmentalism, nuclear
weapons, automation. Draw elements of the theme into a collage. Mix
it up. A tree, gun, frown, assembly line.
- Where & When. Consider a city. Reflect on the
city's position in time and place. Is it nestled in the mountains, in
an age of swords and spears? Is it icy cold, with machines in charge?
Draw ice crystals, a moon, flat landcape, and flying drones.
How and Why
- Adjectives. Describe how she looks, sounds, smells,
feels - pretty, quiet, blushed, soft. Explore your senses with adjectives..
- Adverbs. Describe how he moves - fast, powerful,
strategic. Explore your imagination with adverbs.
- Interpretation. Imagine why they spoke. Explore your
interpretation in answering the question, Why? Were they angry? Did
they want to change your mind? What is the story behind the action?
- I & Me. Where is the "me" that constantly
wants more? Where is the "I" that watches, waiting? Draw your
body, and identify the location of each. Is one more central than the
- Emotion. Reflect on strong emotions. Recall with
detail. Draw your body, and where this feeling resides.
- Imagination. Reflect on strong imaginations. Dream
with detail. Draw your body, and where these thoughts originate.
Many to One
- Theme. Reflect on a phase of your life, e.g., your
high school years. Spend some time remembering what it was like to walk
in your shoes. Recall some high and low lights. Then ask yourself for
one theme for that time period, e.g., learning to trust. Write down
- Filter. Visit a busy location, e.g., the grocery
store checkout. Identify how many inputs there are to choose from -
sounds, looks, smells, employees, customers, assumptions, judgements.
Note which inputs you tune into, and which you tend to ignore. Understand
the filters you apply to the world. Write down what you perceive.
- Whole. Clasp your hands together, and close your
eyes. Feel the impression of one hand into the other. Concentrate on
this closed loop system. All you need to pay attention to is within.
Draw a large circle and decorate its interior.
One to Many
- Perceptions. Reflect on one moment of your life when
time slowed down as you spoke, e.g., the moment you said "yes"
at your wedding. Spend some time remembering what it was like at that
moment. Consider the thoughts, feelings, surroundings, and other people's
stories. Write 5 to 10 memories from that moment.
- Options. Reflect on a moment of your life when you
were faced with options, and you could not move forward without first
making a decision. For example, a young friend trips a stranger, and
you must decide whether to laugh, pat your friend on the back, yell,
or help the stranger. Draw a path branching off into different directions.
Write your options along the path, and decorate each path differently.
- Family. Consider a family line branching generation
after generation. Are there recurring traits or professions? Has the
family spread over time to new geographies? Draw a family tree, write
names, and decorate each branch and limb.
- Skeleton. Consider the human skeleton as a foundation
from which other layers are built. Bones reach one to the next, with
only a small space in between. Draw your shoulder and arm bones. If
you are interested in realism, Google "anatomy shoulder arm bone".
- Muscle. Consider human muscle as the action potential.
Muscles are made to thicken and widen, alternately pulling and pushing
bones toward and away. Draw a layer of muscles on top of your shoulder
and arm bones. If you are interested in realism, Google "anatomy
shoulder arm muscle".
- Skin. Consider human skin as the outer barrier of
a human. Skins stretch taut over muscle, flexible and resilient. Draw
a layer of skin on top of your shoulder and arm muscles. If you are
interested in realism, Google "anatomy shoulder arm skin".
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