Since our technological era provides endless things to do, there is no end to how distracted we can become.
— Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
"We live among ruins in a World in which ‘god is dead’ as Nietzsche stated. The ideals of today are comfort, expediency, surface knowledge, disregard for one’s ancestral heritage and traditions, catering to the lowest standards of taste and intelligence, apotheosis of the pathetic, hoarding of material objects and possessions, disrespect for all that is inherently higher and better — in other words a complete inversion of true values and ideals, the raising of the victory flag of ignorance and the banner of degeneracy. In such a time, social decadence is so widespread that it appears as a natural component of all political institutions. The crises that dominate the daily lives of our societies are part of a secret occult war to remove the support of spiritual and traditional values in order to turn man into a passive instrument of dark powers."
— Seyyed Hossein Nasr
"I’ve never seen any life transformation that didn’t begin with the person in question finally getting tired of their own bullshit.” — Elizabeth Gilber
“What art does — maybe what it does most completely — is tell us, make us feel that what we think we know, we don’t. There are whole worlds around us that we’ve never glimpsed.”
The Soft Manifesto
Can you afford to break down any barriers between your work and the audience? (monetary, language, accessibility, etc.)
What can you gain, that is not money, from the work?
Who, that is not you, can gain from the work?
Can you remove yourself from the center of the work?
Does the work consider its impact on our planet?
Does the work consider your politics?
Does the work reflect your understanding of the responsibility of being human?
Have you learned all you can from the work before presenting it as finished?
In what ways have you grown or changed from older work, and are you proud of these changes?
Can you afford to rest?
Being creative is not natural.
To grow and get old is natural.
We are organisms running on energy,
therefore we try to be as efficient as possible.
But this efficiency must be challenged
Our ability to get out of deadly routine,
to get lost, be pushed, resist the ordinary,
seek novelty, strive for new ideas.
Because there is no one you, one idea,
one angle for looking at things.
Learning new things is confusing,
frustrating, maybe painful,
but comfort takes us nowhere.
Practice what is alive,
where new variations, questions,
outcomes may appear.
Change your brain’s architecture, your movement,
your thinking, your actions.
Do not seek what reassures you,
what you already know.
Enjoy exploration and uncertainty.
Embrace that which makes you doubt again,
that which allows your joints to feel variability,
a new rhythm.
Cultivate a practice that provokes you,
a practice that gives you an energy surplus.
Put yourself at risk and learn to recognise
what is better than simply good enough.
Who can see beyond the obvious?
Who has the courage to see the body
not as something we should control and stifle,
but as a poetry, with spaces between the words
and joints that allow different interpretations
and new meanings.
We are not machines made for a single purpose.
We are all you can imagine.
JOZEF AND LINDA - https://fightingmonkey.net
These are the things I learned (in Kindergarten):
"Like air and drinking water, being digital will be noticed only by its absence, not its presence."
— Nicholas Negroponte
“If you think globally, you become filled with gloom. But if you take a little piece of this whole picture—my piece, our piece, this is what I can do here, I’m making a difference and they’re making a difference over there, and so are they, and so are they—gradually the pieces get filled in. And the world is a better place because of you.” —Dr. Jane Goodall