“we use observations to shape or formulate a concept; while on the other hand, we use a concept to shape the nature of future inquiries or observations of reality. (…) Under these circumstances, a concept must be incomplete since we depend upon an ever-changing array of observations to shape or formulate it. Likewise, our observations of reality must be incomplete since we depend upon a changing concept to shape or formulate the nature of new inquiries and observations."
"Anyone who can play The Mikrokosmos beginning to end will know how to play the piano. They will also have been exposed to a wide range of musical effects the piano can produce. They will also have been given an awareness of what a musical idea is and of what kind of ideas music can evoke. The Mikrokosmos is not called The Mikrokosmos for nothing. It probably does contain everything a pianist will ever need to know but IT DOES NOT TEACH HOW TO HAVE A MUSICAL IDEA. This is not a failing. Leading a person to the edge and leaving them there is all that can be done.
However, IF a person is gifted to having musical ideas then all they have do is 1) have them and 2) reverse engineer that knowledge to develop, detail and document those ideas for others to benefit."
"Conservative and authoritarian ideological structures make a lot more sense when you recognize them as mechanisms to validate one’s own hardening — this wasn’t a mistake! This is the only way! I can have my cake and eat it too! …Either lying about the terms of the relationships they actually have, or actual the paths ahead to other possible relationships."