Friday, March 12, 2021

The Half-Formed Thought

 I'm very late in stumbling onto it, but I think John Ehret's essay on the value of half-formed thoughts from October is very much worth reading:

As the year drags on, though, it increasingly seems to me that in the shift online, we’ve lost something beyond just the sheer physical presence of other people. More and more, what is absent from our lives is an important facet of the way we speak to each other when we are being earnest, engaged with the subjects that matter most to us: the possibility of the imperfectly expressed, half-formed thought, the I-don’t-know-but-maybe-this that precedes all growth in wisdom.