Enchantment & Purpose


IF I step back and try to describe the synthesis of what Moore, Csikszentmihalyi, Watts, and other authors have taught me, the words that first come to mind are “enchantment”, “attention” and “meaning”.

enchanted forestWhat is “enchantment? Why do we want it? This is a tough one to answer.  Moore refers to it as a feeling that comes over us which affects our hearts and perceptions. It is something that controls and, perhaps even guides, affects, and “pushes” our lives in a particular direction. It could be thought of as a “magic spell” right out of a fairy tale such as Sleeping Beauty or Cinderella. What is the magic that makes Rubberists so attracted to rubber?

 Fetish is a strong example of an enchantment.

Rubberists have been “enchanted” in the deepest sense of the word.

Meaning alludes to Purpose in the philosophical sense. The Greeks referred to this as “Entelechia” which means, roughly, “the drive from within to fulfill Purpose”. The Meaning we derive from fulfilling our Purpose is what gives value to our lives. Viktor Frankl and Csikszentmihalyi both suggest that the things we do which affect the course of history are what give the most Meaning to our lives. Of course, this is non-judgmental — if one negatively affects the future, there is still Meaning, but it is negative.

The pursuit of meaning is a primary source of enchantment. It engages us…it is Flow.

RubberNauting is an exploration in giving positive Meaning to our Rubber Fetish. It seeks to find ways to create value from this weird attraction we have for rubber. It seeks ways to do something positive, noteworthy, and honorable with our fetish– to somehow make the world a better place through it.

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  1. FOUND IT (The requested book intro): – IS there to be a (memorial – pass along) Archive of all this effort. Have copied most found and would like/offer to Host the Archive. Too bad WordPress has no Perpituary Option! This work is beyond even, “taking it to the level of an Art Form”! Content thought./s? There seems to be no essay on “RELATIONSHIP”?!


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