There was so much overlap that I noticed between love and writing. The people who are able to write well about personal things seem appealing as people. Not because they live pure lives, but because they are able to examine themselves in honest ways. So it has to do with honesty, vulnerability, intelligence.
Fours must recognize how they continuously judge, censor, and control themselves in order to approximate their inner picture of how they believe they should be, and further, how they shame themselves for not measuring up to it. They need to see how this nonallowing distances them from their direct experience and thus perpetuates the sense of being disconnected and is therefore how they abandon themselves. They also need to understand how this pattern makes them feel hopeless about themselves, and they need to give up the hope of matching some ideal and accept themselves as they are. It also means getting in touch with the aggression and self-hatred embedded in this resistance to themselves, and really feeling and understanding that they inflict suffering upon themselves in this way.
"A whole being lives in complete harmony with his environment. His moves are economical and always appropriate to his circumstances. He is not emotionally affected by external stimuli, but responds to them exactly as much as is necessary.”
"I would say I need greatly to have heavy objects put on myself, on my head and feet, something like lead chains and boots. That way I would not leave the earth so easily" (219).
"When Gonzalo raves against the vulgarity of the Western world, I understand. When Gonzalo says we are tainted with self-consciousness, unable any longer to dream, or to enjoy beauty, to achieve communion with nature, the collective humanism, I understand" (186).
"There are so many things lying within one, potential, unconscious, that if you are acting a role, and this role corresponds to a dormant self, this self awakens, becomes reality. But if you act a false role, something entirely outside of one's self, you get sick, uneasy. As in the Gilbert and Sullivan musical, the poet who was not a poet, who pretended to be a poet, got a terrible cramp" (172).
The Cult of Done Manifesto
Bre Pettis and Kio Stark
- There are three states of being. Not knowing, action and completion.
- Accept that everything is a draft. It helps to get done.
- There is no editing stage.
- Pretending you know what you’re doing is almost the same as knowing what you are doing, so just accept that you know what you’re doing even if you don’t and do it.
- Banish procrastination. If you wait more than a week to get an idea done, abandon it.
- The point of being done is not to finish but to get other things done.
- Once you’re done you can throw it away.
- Laugh at perfection. It’s boring and keeps you from being done.
- People without dirty hands are wrong. Doing something makes you right.
- Failure counts as done. So do mistakes.
- Destruction is a variant of done.
- If you have an idea and publish it on the internet, that counts as a ghost of done.
- Done is the engine of more.
Manifesto for everyday Life:
by Lars Høie
- Individual creativity is a dogma of contemporary softcapitalism, rather than the domain of non-conformist artists: fiction is everywhere.
- Roland Barthes’ ‘Death of the Author’ revealed that authorship is a capitalist construct. It did not stop authorship; it only showed its hollowness.
- If we had to ask for permission, we would not exist.
- Art is a license to do things wrong. The rest of the world just tries to get it right. We aim to fail, to not know, to run fast and break things.
- Start copying what you love. Copy, copy, copy. At the end of the copy, you will find yourself.
- You can be copied but you can’t be imitated.
- We must seek to explore new frontiers of creativity, for they are the last hope.
- Ignore your inner voice. Seek instead to adopt voices and opinions that are not your own. This will make them your own.
- If you do something wrong for long enough people will eventually think of it as right.
- Innovate only as a last resort.
- Choice is authorship! Legitimate authorship!
- The moment you stand up in front of people, you are no longer authentic.
- Acting is plagiarism.
- My intention is simply to create work that contaminates history.
- Anyone can do what I do, but they do not dare it. They are afraid of being called frauds, fakes, thieves.
- Art is something that makes nothing happen.
- Love art, hate the art world!
- Every word I say is stupid and false. All in all, I am a pseudo.
- If something is not false, do not trust it.
- I want the freedom not to be great.