It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to. — J.R.R. Tolkien
Tolkien’s quote is about adventures. More specifically, it is about the beginnings of adventures. Implicit in the quote is a moment, that moment when our foot hovers in midair over the shadow of the doorway and whatever lies beyond. This is where the danger lies, where we must have care, in this negative space before and above the start of our adventures. It is here we risk everything, all before our feet even touch the ground. Tolkien reminds us that adventures are not wanton affairs, that they require an awareness of self, a psychological grounding to match our physical grounding as one foot crosses the threshold.
808 is the section of the Dewey Decimal system of classification dedicated to rhetoric and collections of literature. In a way, this blog will act as a miniature section 808 specifically tailored to me and my experiences. It may on occasion also act as a diary, a soapbox, or a stage, depending on the day or the passing hour.
This is where I start. Where I go out the door.