The Bohemiaspeaks Experiment: Mapping the Essence of Human Nature

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After spending around 2 years writing poetry about fictional characters from all around the world, I asked a friend who is more in touch with the geeky tech world to put together a WORD CLOUD from all the poems that featured on this blog.

As many of you know, a world cloud is generated based on the number of times a word happens to be in a given body of text. Out of 100 poems and around 25,000 words the more a word recurs the larger it would be in the cloud. So looking at the result for bohemiaspeaks in which characters from all walks of life are pouring their hearts out in poetry is sort of a mini-exercise that tries to capture the essence of human nature and emotions.

Lo and behold, the result is a beautiful portrait that I will have to hold on to for some time and think about. I will not try to make sense of the exact recurrence of words in this cloud, I do not think that we need to. But I think that we can just look at it, enjoy its randomness and beauty, and be grateful for any word inside that resonates with us.

This word cloud is the common denominator between: the sex worker in Amsterdam, the Child Worker in Hanoi, the Taxi Driver in Manhattan, the Investment Banker in Calcutta, the Plumber in Buenos Aires, the Soldier in Baghdad, the Gypsy Weaver in the south of Spain, the Pop Star in Tokyo, the Woman in a Burka in Kandahar, the Painter in Lima, the Whirling Dervish in Istanbul, the Female Activist in London, the DJ in Ibiza, the Cancer Patient, the Sailor, the Sociologist, the Pilot, the Eskimo, the Suicide Bomber, the Swahili Hunter, the Pigeon Keeper, the Scriptwriter, the Gravedigger and the list goes on and on covering 100 characters!!!

This is a visual testament that there is no difference between us all. Across races, nationalities, professions, religions, political affiliations we can still find so much words in common. Words like “love”, “life”, “together”, “dreams” and “truth”. Or words like “fear”, “pain”, “empty”, “darkness” and “burn”.

In conclusion of this experiment, I guess our lives are nothing but a word cloud in progress. It is up to us to decide which words will appear with greater weight. If we take a snapshot of our lives right now, what words would be counted most? What words would be counted most if we took a snapshot of the world? And based on this knowledge, how will we act accordingly?

A famous poet called Rumi once said: “Let your words rise, and not your voice. For it is the rain that grows flowers and not the thunder”.

Just some food for thought.

Sincerely,
The Author of Bohemiaspeaks

2 thoughts on “The Bohemiaspeaks Experiment: Mapping the Essence of Human Nature

  1. Perhaps what could be expressed from this experiment is some kind of written collective consciousness. The very fact that such words congeal together over a span of hundreds of imagined character’s created poetry shows that the story of one person intermediately connects to the story of another. Philosophically, because each poem is written from the same author, it could be said that this is a fault of the creator, but then again what makes man the same if not for the fact that we ourselves are all written from somewhat similar genetic code as dictated by our mandatory bisexual reproduction. I suppose expressed here is the ultimate connectivity of humanity. A wifi internet not in the electronic signals passed through the sky but instead within the psychic self–as though human connection could be made by just “logging on” to another human, even if only through the miracle called sympathy. . .

    • Thank you for that comment, extremely well put. In any case I think the outcome of this experiment is highly debatable. Is it truly a collective unconscious of the characters or the mere consciousness of the one writer? I need to think about that for some time.

      But again thanks for your comment. Right on the spot!

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