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Diary of an artist, Sunday, August 2, 2020
Woke up 5:30 am
Today I publish two diary entries — from today, yesterday and the day before yesterday.
Saturday, July 31, 2020
Can’t wake up as early as I want to. Must be that I had very little sleep during our stay on the Baltic coast and as usual we were really active on all days. Now my body needs rest. On the other hand, I’m glad — will feel more rested.
Yesterday I resumed my house renovation project. Which means I will have again less time for other things. Crap! Luckily you don’t renovate your house every quarter. Our last house renovation was in 2011 — nine years ago.
This is, I guess, the best photo I made during our recent summer holidays on the Baltic coast. Or if not the best then definitely in top three best photos.
Started listening to Sapiens A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari. I read this book in, I guess, 2016. Now I’m listening to it on my Scribd app (which improved a lot, the app — way fewer bugs). I had this thought yesterday that the way Harari writes proves my theory that there is certainly a good side to being a non-native English speaker (and also not being on such a level of language mastery) and nonetheless writing in that language. The instances when Harari uses in his writing a word which I don’t understand are so rare they almost don’t even count. Listening to his book is so easy to me — I could even listen to it at an increased speed and I guess I would not miss anything. He almost doesn’t use complicated sentence structures or other gramma structures which make it hard to read the thing if your English is not perfect. He writes at his (imperfect) level and thanks to it most non-native English speakers will have no problem understanding it.
Saturday, August 1, 2020
A movie by Gary Vaynerchuk I saw the day before yesterday on YouTube got me thinking. Gary said that he can change his mind whenever he wants (even several times per year), and that the ability to do that is a crucial life skill. Should I (or anybody) thus ever listen to any of the advice he gives? If he himself says something (because he thinks that it’s the right way to approach or think about a problem, or the right way to do business, or negotiate, or talk to your parents, or children, or whatever), and then, several weeks or even days later says something completely different (because he changed his mind about it), then does it really make sense to listen to any of it? He can change his mind again, can’t he? The same dilemma can occur of course when you subscribe to someone else’s channel. It’s not about Gary. It’s about all advice people give us (and which we give to people). People can change their minds. Then what?
If someone changed his or her mind because the circumstances changed, then it’s an adjustment (you didn’t actually change your mind — you adjusted your thinking to changed circumstances). Some of your ideas and thoughts (or your particular philosophy) worked / made sense under certain circumstances and once the circumstances changed they no longer do. So it’s obvious that you should change / adjust your thinking.
If, on the other hand, someone never changes his or her mind (never even adjusts to changed circumstances) should we listen to such person? Maybe this person is too rigid? Maybe this person doesn’t want to change his or her mind because he or she doesn’t want to admit to a mistake, or that his or her previous way of thinking was flawed? I believe we should avoid taking any advice from rigid people. And as far as flexible minds are concerned, what advice should we take from them? They change all the time. They can change anytime.
So maybe we shouldn’t actually listen to anyone? Maybe we should only listen to ourselves? If there’s no guarantee that the advice people give us is actually the ultimate advice (ultimate wisdom), then why not listen only to ourselves. Why listen to someone who yesterday told us that X was the right thing to do, and today thinks and tells us that Y is the right thing to do, and tomorrow can change his or her mind again? We too can test and switch from one idea to the other when we feel that it’s the right thing to do.
Sunday, August 2, 2020
I guess I’m now way more experienced as far as renovating a house is concerned. I already know the things I didn’t know when I started this project two months ago and this means that the renovation progresses much faster.
People will always analyse, question or ridicule the things you feed your mind intentionally (for example the books or articles you read, because someone or something inspired you to do so), but they will never analyse, question or ridicule the things your mind is fed unintentionally (by the society). The assumption is that whatever the society is currently doing is actually the reasonable or way more reasonable, and those who don’t analyse, question or ridicule it are “normal” people. They will not be called weirdos. They will not be told that they feed their minds some bullshit.
Those, on the other hand, who are not like those mindless morons who buy into everything which the society feeds them (who don’t follow the flock, who try different things in their lives, who search for new answers — even if it means having similar thoughts as the authors whom the society already labeled as lunatics, or schizophrenics, or mad people, and whose ideas are therefore ridiculed by default) are laughed at, ridiculed, and labeled lunatics, or schizophrenics, or mad people.
Which again proves the rule that when you just mindlessly follow the flock and do what the majority of people are doing then you’re safe (for having the same notions and desires and life philosophy as the majority nobody will want to send you to a mental institution), whereas having thoughts of your own or even digging just a little bit deeper and pondering what you’re doing, trying to expose flaws in the life philosophy of the majority, searching for answers, will almost certainly earn you the label of a revolutionary (which immediately sounds funny to most people), or a mad person in need of help, or a weirdo (best case scenario). Only doing what the majority is currently doing never appears funny to people.
Stuff I’m currently reading:
Pol Pot: Anatomy of a Nightmare by Philip Short (on Scribd).
POPism: The Warhol Sixties by Andy Warhol and Pat Hackett (on Scribd).
The Unabomber Manifesto: Industrial Society and Its Future by Ted Kaczynski (free PDF)
Audiobook: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari (on Scribd) Second reading
Audiobook: Ten Caesars: Roman Emperors from Augustus to Constantine by Barry Strauss (on Scribd)
Kafka: The Early Years by Reiner Stach (on Scribd)
Music for this writing session: Franz Liszt, Frederic Chopin (on Spotify).