Tabula Rasa: Part I – Blank Slate of Mind

Every post I’ve made this year have been curated on the spot, in the moment. The amazing thing about creativity is making something out of nothing, mainly out of necessity, and always with uncertainty. Historian Konstantin Jireček puts it into perspective for us.

“We, the unwilling, led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful. We have done so much, for so long, with so little, we are now qualified to do anything with nothing.” – Konstantin Jireček

This idea, however, has been marinating in my mind (and in my drafts) for a long time. To be honest, I wrote this in 2016 and have been making slight adjustments over time. I will definitely continue writing posts every Sunday as promised, but I think I’m going to get a little bit more creative with it. Essentially, I’m giving myself a blank slate.

“Tabula Rasa” is an idea that we can trace all the way back to Aristotle’s writing’s, but have been developed over time through the contribution of different philosophers. We can see the effects of this kind of thinking, in its development. What started out as nothing, just an idea, developed over time, and given us a slate of different perspectives to choose from.

I’m surely not qualified to be named with the likeness of Aristotle and John Locke, but I would like to make my own contribution to this slate, by sharing my perspective and personal experiences.

The most recent and widely accepted translation of the phrase is accredited to John Locke. I suggest reading up on all other perspectives, but for the sake of time, we’ll start from the end of the cycle. Locke’s philosophy was that our minds are blank slates at birth, with no data or rules for processing data, and that when data is added over time, so are rules all attained through our sensory experiences.

With this, we all have the power of authoring our own soul and defining the content of our own character. That’s pretty heavy, which is why I will be rolling this post out over the next few weeks. I’m at 2000 words and counting, so this is just the first 500. What perspective I want to share about this profound concept, is being able to leverage it at different points in your life. You’ve probably done it without even knowing it.

Most recently one of my close friend’s is actually immersing himself in Tabula Rasa now, which couldn’t make this post any more timely. He’s leaving his job as a Venture Capitalist, escaping comfort, salary, and an ideal lifestyle, to choose peace. Read about the beginning of this cliff dive here. Starting over may be daunting, but when you’ve done so much, with so little, for so long, you’re qualified to do anything, with nothing.

Over, “A slate that has been blanked”. Applying this literal translation to life, I’ve started over on multiple occasions. Maybe you’re learning a new skill, or starting a new job. In order to make room, you must first blank the slate of all that you think you know.

Part II — Coming Soon

About the Author O.K. Arowolaju

Youth Minister, Product Manager

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