The Deep Quest to Know a Brand
Earlier in my life I was an inveterate spelunker, a cave explorer.
In a manner, exploring caves is a richly metaphoric enterprise.
You go deep into the heart of the earth, in winding, supremely dark and likely unknowable and risky places, not able to use much of a map to find one’s way — you’re going up, you’re going down, you’re on the level. But you go deep and deeper to know the subterranean character of the earth. Courage would be implied, because — even in teams — the work of way-finding can feel lonely.
In a meditation about the pathfinding in caverns, the roped descent and ascension up and out to the light. What I contemplate is journey — the journey from the Light to the Dark and the Light again — risk, uncertainty, experiment and tiresome trialways to go, or ways to loss.
Our lives go like that — good times, synergism, integration, rupture and distraction, line deviation, loss and evanescence. Where to?
link to that notation of life:
the quest for beauty and
holistic richness — the only way to
get into them is to go deep.
Talk to people.
Sit in their buildings.
Watch — what they do.
Wonder — the why of their journey.
Wander — in search of the unexpected.
Go to the factories.
Look in the stores.
To know more, you go deeper.
In the journey to know a brand —
like the summiting of a peak or
the hunt to the center of the Earth —
the deeper you prep your journey, the more
open your eyes will be.
What comes forward is that
the more that you know the proposition of a team,
working around a brand,
that has built a brand,
working in a branded world —
the more you walk
and their story,
the more you can support them,
The deeper and more intimately you commit to
the more you can help the aligning of
their compass indices to another
point on the horizon.
You know it.
Because you’ve been there.
Brand spelunking —
it’s better to be there to truly know it, to be it.
Otherwise, it’s just theory.
And in these days,
theory doesn’t hold water,
it just drains away.
Tim | Decatur Island Studios
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