“The idea of trying to create things that last – forever knowledge – has guided my work for a long time now.”Edward Tufte
Creation is an odd sort of work. It demands that you pay attention. It expects you to be elbow-deep in questions.
Questions demand constant thought. There are many ways to approach this ongoing internal engagement, but I prefer the words of Edward Tufte: “The idea of trying to create things that last – forever knowledge – has guided my work for a long time now.”
Given infinite expressions of creativity, “forever knowledge” is the simplest way to describe the focus of creation. Parents and artists and scientists, cooks and mathematicians: each of them coaxes something they hold within towards becoming something separate from themselves. Each of them searches for and coaxes the qualities that will sustain the created to independence.
The goal, always, is that the created takes on a life of its own. That’s the spark of forever – the spark that breathes life, that says, “This thing deserves to be. The world will make room.”