I remembered writing about this topic sometime when I was 22.
“Bridges and distances”.
It might still be somewhere online.
At that time, I was still a silly Economics major, and the post was written from a rational perspective. I didn’t know there is a field known as “communications”– or “public relations”–that could possibly be all about bridges and distance, and the expert control of it.
-“When would someone create bridges with another, in order to feel closer?”
-“When would someone create distances with another, in order not to be hurt?”
And then there is doubt. Doubt! Doubt exists because you want to protect your -self- (a.k.a. ego) from being hurt.
At age 27, it occurred to me that there might be at least one more dimension to add onto this “bridges and distance” paradigm. And that is “Clarity and vagueness”.
-“When would someone be clear to the other, in order to create definiteness?”
-“When would someone be vague to the other, in order to create possibilities?”
Whenever you create a bridge, clarity is needed. Whenever you create a distance, vagueness is needed.
Whenever that vagueness is created, imagination is needed.
And the difference lies in the expert control of it all.