The daily routine of most adults is so heavy and artificial that we are closed off to much of the world. We have to do this in order to get our work done. I think one purpose of art is to get us out of those routines. When we hear music or poetry or stories, the world opens up again. We’re drawn in — or out — and the windows of our perception are cleansed, as William Blake said. The same thing can happen when we’re around young children or adults who have unlearned those habits of shutting the world out.
Ursula Le Guin
I asked myself about the present: how wide it was, how deep it was, how much was mine to keep.
— Kurt Vonnegut
I am lonely, yet not everybody will do. I don’t know why some people fill the gaps and others emphasize my loneliness.
| Anais Nin
The people you spend the most time with shape who you are. They determine what conversations dominate your attention. They affect to which attitudes and behaviors you are regularly exposed. Eventually you start to think like they think and behave like they behave.
The lesson here is to actively construct your social environment. Don’t let it depend on proximity or chance or on how it has always been, but consciously plan which opinions, attitudes and life-philosophies you do and do not allow to be in your life.
no matter how much you try, you'll never truly know enough. there will always be a new perspective, or a new dimension that you didn't consider. we will never truly know ~everything~
i think there's beauty in the fact that there's always more out there. there's always more to something because no two people will ever look at a piece of information or art the same way. so even if you read every page, see every place, look at every piece of art which exists. you can still walk up to a stranger and ask 'so what do you think of this?'
they will reveal a lifetime worth of stories