: Plan, Design
: a declaration of principles on which a group of persons stand
: a usually raised horizontal flat surface where people or machines do work
: an operating system
Platform (n): 1540s, “plan of action, scheme, design,” from Middle French plateforme, platte fourme, literally “flat form,” from Old French plat “flat” (related to: plateau) + forme “form” (form). The literal sense of “raised, level surface” in English is first recorded 1550s. Political meaning, “statement of party policies,” is from 1983. Railroad station sense is from 1838.
“Purity of speech, of the mind, of the senses, and of a compassionate heart are needed by one who desires to rise to the divine platform.”
Chanakya (371 BC – 283 BC, Indian teacher, philosopher, economist, jurist and royal advisor; traditionally identified as Kautilya or Vishnu Gupta, who authored the ancient Indian political treatise, the Arthashastra.)
“I think music is the most phenomenal platform for intellectual thought.”
Annie Lennox (b. 1954, Scottish singer-songwriter, political activist, and philanthropist)
“What we need to do is learn to work in the system, by which I mean that everybody, every team, every platform, every division, every component is there not for individual competitive profit or recognition, but for contribution to the system as a whole on a win-win basis.”
W. Edwards Deming (1900-1993, American engineer, statistician, professor, author, lecturer, and consultant and teacher to some of the most influential businessmen, corporations, and scientific pioneers)
“We must make it clear that a platform of ‘I hate gay men and women’ is not a way to become president of the United States.”
Jimmy Carter (b. 1924, age 91, 39th U.S. President and the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize recipient)
“Do we exert our own liberties without injury to others – we exert them justly; do we exert them at the expense of others – unjustly. And, in thus doing, we step from the sure platform of liberty upon the uncertain threshold of tyranny.”
Frances Wright (1795-1852, Scottish-born writer, feminist, abolitionist, and social reformer, who became a U.S. citizen in 1825)
“Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope. It is a tool for daily life in modern society. It is a bulwark against poverty, and building block of development, an essential complement to investments in roads, dams, clinics and factories. Literacy is a platform for democratization, and a vehicle for the promotion of cultural and national identity. Especially for girls and women, it is an agent of family health and nutrition. For everyone, everywhere, literacy is, along with education in general, a basic human right … Literacy is, finally, the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman and child can realize his or her full potential.”
Kofi Annan (b. 1938, Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1997-2006; in 2001, Annan and the U.N. jointly received the Nobel Prize for Peace.)
“I think music is the most phenomenal platform for intellectual thought.” — Annie Lennox
Annie Lennox was so on-point about music. It is an extraordinary platform for thought, but not just for intellectual thought, but for contemplative, spiritual, and emotional thought-processing as well.
Art, theater, and film also have the capacities to provoke, illuminate, and facilitate change. Like every creative discipline music and art forms require us to use our imagination to erect platforms for understanding, empathy, and unity. It can also glean the answers to our unformed questions, especially when we need to problem-solve big dilemmas. In addition, it gives us the ability to educate ourselves and shift our consciousness.
It’s interesting that the great films right now are those based on true stories. They are allowing us to safely look into the mirror and have compassion for the suffering of others and forgiveness in our own brokenness.
It matters not the realm. Platforms that facilitate global well-being not only come from music and art but can be created in any discipline from sports, education, medicine, computers, social media, entertainment, etc. What’s important is the level of the energy the propels critical thought forward and facilitates service, truth, empathy, and well-being.
In 2007, Tiger Woods at the age 30 did an interview on 60 Minutes with the late Ed Bradley. Woods said that even though he was addicted to winning and the competitive field of golf, he was clear it was his profession. Woods said, “Golf’s a platform, but golf is not who I am.” At that time he used golf to build what was dear to his heart, the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim California, a place where children could receive extra education support and mentoring.
What if our jobs and the work we did were only platforms to something bigger than ourselves, to our divine purpose, creations, and unity? Would we not then focus our attention less on power struggles and more on service, excellence, and love?
Stay strong, well, at peace, and creative, my friends.
Faithfully Yours, Tonya