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Diary of an artist, Monday, April 15, 2019
Woke up 3:50 am
Yesterday I self-published my seventeenth book on Amazon.
Here’s how the book starts.
Following in the footsteps of such giants as Friedrich Nietzsche (whose style of writing I can’t stomach by the way — and decided that I will not torture myself by reading his stuff), or Walt Withman, or Muhammad Ali, or Napoleon, I have a favorable opinion about what I do (my work; this book). To hell with humble opinions! It’s nonsense to have humble opinions — what’s the point?
I believe that this book contains the best (to date) philosophy on mistakes. I have no idea whether or not there are other people who have uncovered / developed the same philosophy on mistakes on this planet (or beyond), or who wrote books similar to this one. Probably there are such people.
If I had to guess I would always err on the side of saying that someone else also had the same thought I had, or came up with the same (or very similar) idea, theory, philosophy I came up with. Or that sooner or later someone will.
I don’t believe that there are things, ideas, theories, philosophies only certain individuals could have discovered, invented, or developed. I believe that the cult of a certain individual is nonsense (saying that had this or that person never been born we wouldn’t have this or that, that we would be deficient in some way).
Of course (to me), had Prince, David Bowie, Freddie Mercury, Micheal Jackson, Eminem, Frank Sinatra, Jim Carrey, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Beyonce, Bjork, Amy Winehouse, Oprah, Madonna, Cher, Ella Fitzgerald, J.K. Rowling, never been born we wouldn’t have them and we wouldn’t be able to admire their work (nobody else would become them), but also, nobody would miss them, because we can only miss someone we knew existed. Thus, had those human beings never existed, there would be no loss for us.
I understand that it might not be politically correct to say that, but that’s the truth. Whom do we miss nowadays who never even walked this earth? Tell me the name of only one such person (“person”? — can I call someone who never existed a “person”?).
But we would know other people. Other people would become our role models. We would become fans of other people. We would admire the work of other people. In short, not this person then someone else. That’s the truth.
As to visionaries, inventors, thinkers, philosophers, I believe it’s ludicrous to assume that only one person in the entire word could have had a certain idea, thought, lightbulb moment. There is no reasonable ground we could base such assumption (theory) on.
In this book you will find my articles, essays or answers on Quora on mistakes.
It is important to remember that I had written them prior to making this book (writing the first part of it) so I don’t guarantee that there will not be differences (incompatibilities). Such incompatibilities can concern the way I looked at mistakes in the past and the way I look at them today. Which doesn’t mean that the way I look at mistakes is now stable and will not change in the future. This is still possible. As long as I’ll write there’s always this possibility that I might change the way I look at certain things. Which is fine. I don’t owe it to anybody to look at certain things a certain way. Neither do I owe it to myself to be consistent in my views, or to hold on to certain beliefs after I once espoused them. I can do whatever I want. Some pieces have been slightly modified for the purpose of this book (so that they’re easier to read).
Here it is:
Reading (since my last diary entry):
Facing Unpleasant Facts: Narrative Essays by George Orwell (60 min, on scribd app).
Søren Kierkegaard: A Biography by Joakim Garff (60 min, on scribd app).
My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff (60 min, on scribd app).
Audiobooks (since my last diary entry):
The Story of San Michele by Axel Munthe (40 min, on scribd app).
YouTube videos and movies (since my last diary entry):
Killing Eve Nice and Neat (on HBO Go) Finished it.
Control (on HBO Go) Finished it.
Music for this writing session: 1985 Soundtrack (on this website)