The w0rd manifesto itself is a published verbal declaration of the intentions, motives, or views of the issuer, be it an individual, group, political party or government. In Ben Mau’s Incomplete Manifesto for Growth there are a few points that stand out to me which I can most personally resonate with.
The first one that stands out to me is number 8.
Drift. Allow yourself to wander aimlessly. Explore adjacencies. Lack judgment. Postpone criticism.
I feel like this one can resonate with me especially because this is something I try to embrace rather than steer away from whenever I find the oppurtunity possible. Drifting around and being able to explore new things, people, places, or ideas, are all awesome ways to enhance your perception to the world around you and discover more on where you stand and feel personally within yourself. Whether it be a memorably good experience or it be a circumstance to be learned from, it’s all relative to finding yourself and seeing what can embrace and take on from anything you have gotten to experience that is unfamiliar to you.
Second would be… Number 28.
Make new words. Expand the lexicon.The new conditions demand a new way of thinking.The thinking demands new forms of expression.The expression generates new conditions.
I love this because myself and all of the people I know and can call my friends, have such a weird and interesting vocabulary. My group of friends has developed its own sort of lingo for within itself that is everexpanding as we each meet new people with new other words or phrases that catch on. Whether it be relatively understandable, or even a straight up animal sound, it seems like we’ve developed a real language to explain or portray emotions and topics to one another without having to say everything so word for word. Which whenever I’m not writing from an somewhat formal perspective, it’s fun to spice up the conversation with my own dialect.
36. Scat. This one also applies to the above statement ^
And finally number 42.
Remember. Growth is only possible as a product of history. Without memory, innovation is merely novelty. History gives growth a direction. But a memory is never perfect. Every memory is a degraded or composite image of a previous moment or event.That’s what makes us aware of its quality as a past and not a present. It means that every memory is new, a partial construct different from its source, and, as such, a potential for growth itself.
Part of this reflects on the idea from Drift. I feel this last one resonates with me because it speaks for itself. To remember what has happened in your life and each memory and emotion and how it all reflects within itself. It’s important to remember who you are and where you have came from as well as learn and take from each experience to continue to grow as a person and not just stay completely the same throughout your entire life, while also not straying away from who you are at heart.