Why “No Box No Boat”

“It is living and ceasing to live that are imaginary solutions.  Existence is elsewhere.”

 Andre Breton (Manifestoes of Surrealism, 1924)

If you’re like me, you’ve grown tired of the expressions “think outside the box” and “we’re all in the same boat.”  There simply isn’t a box or a boat if we refuse to perceive our mind as being restrained.  So this blog is about avoiding prescribed borders.  Much like water, ideas seek the path of least resistance.  Preconceptions just present obstacles.

In the years shortly after the first world war, the Surrealists sought spontaneous creativity in the face of the need to strengthen social conventions.  The undifferentiated consciousness of childhood served as their inspiration.  In its idealize form, childhood presents us with the clarity of openness.  Andre Breton wrote:

“The mind which plunges into Surrealism relives with glowing excitement the best part of its childhood.”

“It is perhaps childhood that comes closest to one’s real life …”

So this blog addresses the challenge of looking at the world with fresh eyes.