‘On Connection’ delivers a message worth subscribing to
For musician, poet and playwright Kae Tempest, 2020 has been a year for brooding over the small details of life and finding meaning in the little things.
In their 2020 essay, “On Connection,” Tempest reveals the dangers of a polarized society disconnected from the deepest parts of life. Drawing on personal experiences, excerpts from Carl Jung’s “Red Book” and quotes from William Blake, Tempest argues that creativity, in whatever form, is a path to self-discovery, unity. and, above all, the connection.
“We got lost in this altruistic system of hyper-competition,” they write. “Music is the great invigorating. Artists don’t do their job to inspire your collusion, submission, or consumption of their ideals. They serve a purpose which is higher. Bigger. Deeper. This is why you feel higher, bigger, deeper when you connect with their outlet.
Tempest expresses two important themes reminiscent of Jung’s “Red Book”. These are “the spirit of the times”, or the egoistic elements of the self, and “the spirit of the depths”, or the inner expression of oneness. Tempest calls on readers to channel the depths by trying to feel a little more of the world around them: they recommend taking a moment to notice the sunset, observe how people around them are walking in tandem, or listen to the sound of life around them:
Put down your phone.
Listen to the birds.
Build a fire in a quiet place.
Pay attention to details when kissing your lover.
Tempest says these little moments give our minds the guidance they need: “There are many ways to get to a more resonant place. It starts with recognizing that everything resonates.
The first time I read “On Connection” I felt a sudden surge of relief, as if Tempest was with me in my moments of triumph and despair. The book looked less like an essay than a roadmap to conscious living; it teaches the reader how to navigate a complex and exploitative world, while staying in touch with the beauty of the present moment.
This book-length essay is perfect for anyone looking for a change of pace, something that will make readers think about life in ways they otherwise wouldn’t have. Tempest’s writing extends beyond the page, speaking of the spiritual and human truth that deep down we are one.
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Tempest reflects on their past as they create a poignant and empowering tale of self-acceptance. The author artfully weaves her story into the narrative, which opens the door for readers to reflect on the content on a deeper level.
Tempest delivers on its promise to make readers feel a higher, greater, and deeper connection to the truths the author spoke about.
Jack Porcari is the Senior News / Articles Editor and can be reached at [email protected]
Jack Porcari is Senior News / Articles Editor at Spectrum. He graduated in political science with a minor in journalism. In addition to writing and editing, he enjoys playing the piano, flow arts, reptiles, and activism.