Identity Enhancement and Objets d'Art

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Eckhart Tolle says that the unconscious compulsion to enhance one's identity by association with an object is built into the very structure of the egoic mind. This is exactly what Marketing Mastermind Seth Godin concludes about the near cult-like…

Why Do We Make Art?

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What I am pondering today: It is an interesting philosophical exercise to consider the joy and flow one can realize in the making of art juxtaposed with the not infrequent challenges of creating. Let's start with just why do we do this? There's…

Intrinsic vs Extrinsic View

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"Mastery is a journey, not a destination.  True masters never believe they have attained mastery.  There is always more to be learned and greater skill to be developed" -Swimming Coach, Terry Laughlin Right now, this month / week / day ...…

Bob Dylan Shaman

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"An artist has got to be careful to never really to arrive in a place where he thinks he is somewhere.  You also have to realize that you are constantly in a state of becoming, as long as you can stay in that realm, you'll be alright." -Dylan,…

Reflections on Poetry

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I read "some" poetry growing up, not as much I suppose as I would have liked.  Wide swath of poets from TS Eliot to Walt Whitman.  I actually first heard of a number of poets listening to Dylan and Van Morrison; their lyrics are littered with…

Leonardo da Vinci, Autodidact

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Leonardo da Vinci is one of my favorite historical figures, he epitomizes the concept of the Renaissance Man.  He was also an autodidact.  I'm kinda like that, although I'm an amateur compared to Leonardo and others. One of the really cool…

Failure is a Learning Tool

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Listen, really listen, to some Dylan songs; there are plenty to choose from, impossible for me to have a favorite. Dylan's impact on popular music is incalculable; his impact on me profound. Favorite lyric #63: "There's no success like…