“The essential requirement is that he be able to consider the selected sentence as a maxim that is true in what it asserts, suitable in what it prescribes, and useful in terms of one’s circumstances. Writing as a personal exercise done by and for oneself is an art of disparate truth —or, more exactly, a purposeful way of combining the traditional authority of the already-said with the singularity of the truth that is affirmed therein and the particularity of the circumstances that determine its use.”
—Micheal Foucault.”Self-Writing.” Translated from Corps écrit no 5 (Feb. 1983): 3-23.
In short, this blog serves as my hupomnemata. However, I should probably write more to bring it more into a synthesis and help in personal change, practice and/or askesis.
The Oblique Strategies constitute a set of over 100 cards, each of which is a suggestion of a course of action or thinking to assist in creative situations. These famous cards have been used by many artists and creative people all over the world since their initial publication. Fifth edition 2001.
“A king went riding in the forest and encountered a mango tree laden with fruit. He said to his servants, ‘Go back in the evening and collect the mangoes,’ because he wanted them for the royal dining table. The servants went back to the forest but returned to the palace empty-handed. ‘Sorry, your Majesty,’ they told the king, ‘the mangoes were all gone, there was not a single mango left on the tree.’ The king thought the servants had been too lazy to go back to the forest, so he rode out to see for himself. What he saw instead of a beautiful mango tree laden with fruit was a pitiful, bedraggled tree. Someone had broken all the branches to take the fruit. As the king rode a little further, he came across another mango tree, beautiful in all its green splendor, but without a single fruit. Nobody had wanted to go near it. It bore no fruit, so it was left in peace. The king went back to his palace, gave his royal crown and scepter to his ministers, and said, ‘You may now have the kingdom, I am going to live in a hut in the forest.'”
—Traditional Buddhist story retold in Ayya Khema. Be An Island: The Buddhist Practice of Inner Peace. Boston: Wisdom Publications, 1999. Pg. 63.
Quakers have a traditional saying, “There’s no fruit without the root.” This story suggests a corollary, “Too much fruit kills the root.”
“EARN MONEY BY HOSTING EXPERIENCES
List house parties, dinners, movie nights, or any other experiences on Hellofriend and earn Connect tokens (CTT) from attendees. Use CTT, which can easily be converted into other currencies like US Dollars, to cover hosting expenses.”
Billed as a way to connect people offline, this strikes me as a social media variant looking for another way to commodify our relationships for profit.
Released in 1982 by Jim Henson and Frank Oz, this weird, animatronic, psychedelic fantasy world is worth a (re)watch, if you haven’t seen it (recently).
And, why not make it a double feature with Legend? The DVD has Ridley Scott’s remastered version that is, by all accounts, a much better movie than the theatrical release.