Notes For Creators

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A thank you to Robert A. Heinlein for one word

Grok.

From Stranger in A Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein:

Grok means to understand so thoroughly that the observer becomes a part of the observed — to merge, blend, intermarry, lose identity in group experience. It means almost everything that we mean by religion, philosophy, and science—

To grok is to know and love and accept the whole of a thing.The creative-spiritual matrix seems to be empowered by this concept. It’s all about grokking something so thoroughly it enflowers within you.

Today we’re celebrating Robert Heinlein for giving us that word. Other languages may have words to describe knowing something so intuitively well that it’s like knowing it from the inside out, but not ours. Now we do.

Every rare now and then I suddenly grok what a person is about, and the revelation is so momentous it’s like being in on the discovery of fire.

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