“Good people are good because they’ve come to wisdom through failure.”
Also see famous creators on the fear of failure.
a snake cannot eat a dragon.
Artists are the interface between revolutions and life. Artists bring in the human factor to revolutions that get their start in technology and science. We’re used to thinking that progress comes from the technology, science, and financial sectors. Culture brings, in truth, a slower, more sustainable, more holistic and trustworthy kind of progress.
Paola Antonelli on her new role as MoMA’s first director of R&D. Also see Antonelli on design as the interface between progress and humanity and the communication between people and objects.
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
What has to be given up
is not the I, as most mystics suppose:
this I is indispensable for any relationship,
including the highest,
which always presupposes an I and You.
What has to be given up is not the I
but that drive for self-affirmation
which impels man to flee
from the unreliable, unsolid, unlasting,
unpredictable, dangerous world of relation
into the having of things.
Poetry goes back to the invention of language itself. I think one of the big differences between poetry and prose is that prose is about something, it’s got a subject… poetry is about what can’t be said. Why do people turn to poetry when all of a sudden the Twin Towers get hit, or when their marriage breaks up, or when the person they love most in the world drops dead in the same room? Because they can’t say it. They can’t say it at all, and they want something that addresses what can’t be said.
Knowledge is a polite word for dead but not buried imagination.
Eva is a story that repeats. It is a story where the main character witnesses many horrors with his own eyes, but still tries to stand up again. It is a story of will; a story of moving forward, if only just a little. It is a story of fear, where someone who must face indefinite solitude fears reaching out to others, but still wants to try.
Well, I really got interested in [the Tibetan cause] when I bought a copy of The Tibetan Book of the Dead, translated by Robert Thurman. There’s a great introduction to Buddhism in that, a good twenty pages. Then I read Sogyal Rinpoche’s The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, which didn’t feel like a religious book in the normal sense. It felt like common sense from start to finish. I guess that’s what wisdom is, really. It’s the most extraordinary thing I’ve ever read.
The problem is, I cannot meditate. That’s the one thing I can’t do. That’s the thing that’s driving me nuts. I have a house by the sea, and I can sit and listen to the sound of the sea and eventually … but I can’t really do it. I think there are lots of reasons for it. My excuse has always been that music does it for me. I think it does, but not often enough to justify saying that. It’s the same kind of thing because you are not wrapped up in your thoughts anymore. So when it works it’s really good.