I recently discovered this letter on the Internetz and according to this article, it's legit. The background is simple. High School teacher asks students to write authors and ask them to visit the school. Kurt Vonnegut, a successful American author, was the only one to respond...
Tearin' It Up and Doin' It Again
The Buddhists whisper about impermanence as they construct and destroy their sand Mandalas. The physicists are starting to talk, as Dirk Gently did, The Fundamental Interconnectedness of All Things. Everything is alive, interacting with everything else, in an ever-mutating unstable "reality." And here's Mr. Vonnegut advocating a similar vibrant approach to our own Self and Life. We see the universe creating stars and galaxies and civilizations, then tearing them up and doing it again. Why not join in the fun?
This site's been built, torn down, and rebuilt along with another website multiple times over the years. I briefly published a book and then decided "Eh, let's keep this one for me." No hero, here. No one celebrates the unseen (and questionable quality of) bits of paper at the bottom of a bin. As Mr. Vonnegut suggests, it wasn't about the "quality" or popularity of the work, but about the internal discoveries within Self along the way.
Part of the discovery for me has been "What's it like to expose myself and these discoveries to the world?" MattSeven.com has been a public playground attempting to capture this spirit. I doubt it can become something more stable or socially relevant than "What's it like when I do this?"
One of the beautiful things coming from this framework was how it became easy to integrate all the mind-expanding ideas turning the world upside down right now. From psychonauts promoting culture and identity as "cool tech," to the Quantum Mechanics crowd suggesting our thoughts ripple through reality - past, present, and future.
You see, the bits at the bottom of the bin are only one representation of creative energy that ripples outward for eternity. Perhaps somewhere out there the energy bumped photon into an electron. Maybe something cool will happen. Maybe it's bounced back from somewhere out there, and nudged something in my present or future. Altered the spin of an electron just the right way...
And it's all little bits of paper at the bottom of a bin. So keep making more.
MattSeven is an amalgam of Matt (first name) and Seven (a multidimensional collective). Matt has moved from Skeptic to Psychic to Meditator across decades. His focus, now, is helping Earth through its ongoing birth process, its transition to a higher state of consciousness. And he doesn't expect anyone to read this. It's just for funsies.