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
“Confusion is our salvation. For the confused, there is still hope. Hang on to your confusion. In the end it is your best friend, your best defense against the deathliness of others’ answers, against being raped by their ideas. If you are confused, you are still free.” -Hawkins (via https://twitter.com/pieratt)
“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
"All is flux. Nothing is finished. Nothing is done. This never-ending change is the pivotal axis of the modern world."
— Kevin Kelly
Often I see people putting on earphones and zoning out, trying to either numb their mind or distract themselves until their body is done running. Of course, I cannot be too critical of this technique, as some runners get into incredible shape this way. Music can be motivating. It can invigorate us, bringing our mind in tune with our body. In this way, music makes a powerful and inspiring tool. At the same time, music can be used as a way of disguising our workout—taking our attention far away from what we are doing. In this case, music becomes a source of distraction. So while at times music can seem helpful, ultimately it challenges our ability to be present and embodied.
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. “Running With the Mind of Meditation: Lessons for Training Body and Mind.”
“The algorithm is dangerous because it takes away from your creative viewing. I think you have to make up your own mind about creative viewing,” Martin Scorsese on https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2020/01/martin-scorsese-streaming-algorithms-moviegoers
“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.”
These are the things I learned (in Kindergarten):
"We believe luxury isn’t about spending the most money, it’s about having what no one else does." F.E. Castleberry Manifesto
"The creative act is a letting down of the net of human imagination into the ocean of chaos on which we are suspended, and the attempt to bring out of it ideas.
It is the night sea journey, the lone fisherman on a tropical sea with his nets, and you let these nets down - sometimes, something tears through them that leaves them in shreds and you just row for shore, and put your head under your bed and pray.
At other times what slips through are the minutiae, the minnows of this ichthyological metaphor of idea chasing. But, sometimes, you can actually bring home something that is food, food for the human community that we can sustain ourselves on and go forward."
— Terence McKenna
"The starships of the future — in other words, the vehicles of the future — which will explore the high frontier of the unknown will be syntactical. The engineers of the future will be poets. This is what virtual reality holds out to us — the possibility of walking into the constructs of the imagination. In a way culture is that. Our cities, bridges, highways, airliners and art galleries are condensations out of the imagination, but at tremendous cost, because we must make them out of matter. Once we can make them out of light, out of electrons, then we won’t build skyscrapers 120 stories high, we’ll build them as high as we want. Roof height will no longer be a factor ruled by cost effectiveness and gravity, it will be a parameter ruled by the imagination, as will all other parameters, and then we will discover what man truly is — when we are able to erect, stabilize, share and explore our dreams in a kind of virtual hyperspace that, carefully analyzed, is seen to be linguistic. That’s what its connectors are made out of, that’s what its ferroconcrete and steel is, the edifice of language. This is what the stuff of the imagination is made of and I think this is what we’re moving toward."
— Terence McKenna
"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