The Space Between

The serene aesthetic at Ryōan-ji would not be possible without it. Music and comedy depend on it - meter, the well-timed pause, the drawn breath before the news. Because it doesn't need something more to explain something more, poetry takes advantage of it.

Leaders lean into it.

Thanks to it, one can be taken by surprise at the bed of a dying relative by this thought: despite everything, the future will be OK. One finds it in the heavy but satisfied pant after running a five-minute mile, or in the infinite now after the whispered I Love You at 17, and in even in the space

after the period

at the end of this sentence.

"The space between," no-thing, does a job.

I hope to see you at the IdeaFestival. Stay curious.™