Jul 17, 2022

Who broke the introvert?



    In the movie Sneakers (1992), the computer hacker Whistler (David Strathairn) gets a hunch about the newly-acquired "black box" which holds highly-classified information.   At one point, Whistler's glasses become the dual projection screens for a river of highly-sensitive information that he has concluded just moments before to be available and capable of decoding, "Bish?  I...think you'd better come over here."

    Whistler is blind, and it's beautiful to watch, throughout the film, as he teaches his colleagues how to experience the world as he does -- through sound, through intuition, through the logic of natural conclusion, through a decoding of one's surroundings, and through a very memorable and excitingly successful van-driving scene.  

    Whistler is a teacher, in addition to hacker, and his intricate role on the team suggests to the movie-goer that we may each and all hold access to previously unavailable, sensitive, thought-ungettable information.  Perhaps this secret information is even within ourselves.

    As a card-carrying introvert, I am accustomed to a kind of necessary quiet.  There is a part of my mind that feels somewhat non-verbal, even if wildly and annoyingly verbose within.  I love to think and talk in pictures; I love emojis and clip art; I love to watch TV and films.  And I don't think I'm alone in this.  Reading is a joy, but I might read a page and then drift for a wide swath of time, because the words bring about the need for a wide open space to process the words, the feelings they bring about, the pictures they conjure up.  You, too, dear reader?  Reading is often compared to travel; it may be that both author and reader have their own ideas about the travel itinerary and the accompanying landscape.  

    There was a Buck Moon recently and a major event related to Pluto and a massive discovery in the study of the universe and galaxies by NASA and another crucial hearing..., all of which may explain a new-found access to rivers of information.  Whatever the cause, when an introvert has figured out how to have access to and to decode information, it might be interesting, as a thought experiment, to share the findings, "Bish?"  

     I've been doing a lot of writing lately.  You, too?  I look forward to sharing some recent and future writings here on this blog as a centralized place to share and archive.  It may not be interesting or starry stuff, but like Whistler, I have a hunch to go ahead and tinker and decode and see what happens.  Thanks so much for reading 😎



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