...I attended an academic institution that prided itself on social justice, diversity, and authenticity, the underlying message was that it is ok to play in this world while doing your course work, but assimilation and conformity were the requirements when producing publishable work. (p. 197)
Jacobs, D. T. (2008). The authentic dissertation: alternative ways of knowing, research, and representation. London; New York: Routledge, 2008.
when björk said that trying to communicate through talking feels like trying to put the ocean through a straw
“The way human beings speak is so heartbreaking to me—we never sound the way we want to sound. We’re always stopping ourselves in mid–sentence because we’re so terrified of saying the wrong thing. Speaking is a kind of misery. And I guess I comfort myself by finding the rhythms and accidental poetry in everyone’s inadequate attempts to articulate their thoughts. We’re all sort of quietly suffering as we go about our days, trying and failing to communicate to other people what we want and what we believe.”
boil things down to the most fundamental truths and say, “okay, what are we sure is true?” … and then reason up from there.
“Emptiness is a creative receptacle,” Hara began, making a point of distinguishing it from simplicity or minimalism. Instead of a system for shedding elements or clearing up spaces, like the one advocated by another Japanese sage, Marie Kondo, emptiness or ku is a more fundamental state of being.
Ku is not a poverty or absence of ideas or materials. Indeed, it’s a much richer concept than the Western understanding of “emptiness.” It’s a stance—a readiness to receive inspiration from outside. “To offer an empty vessel is to pose a single question and to be wholly ready to accept the huge variety of answers,” says Hara. “Emptiness is itself a possibility of being filled.”