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Mind clearing.

(Source: mandaflewaway, via ckburch)

Let this bboy drop some knowledge on your god forsaken ass.

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For The Love Of God

For The Love Of God

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"When, at some point in our lives, we meet a real tragedy - which could happen to any one of us - we can react in two ways. Obviously, we can lose hope, let ourselves slip into discouragement, into alcohol, drugs, and unending sadness. Or else we can wake ourselves up, discover in ourselves an energy that was hidden there, and act with genuine clarity and compassion."

Jack Kornfield (via sleepingbuddha)

(via maybeflamable)

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"…so the question becomes, ‘If our life’s passions are but mere commodities in the grand scheme of society, how do we prevent these things from losing all meaning? Did they ever have meaning to start with?’"


•Is it possible to re-establish art as having meaning, before the days of its true commercialization?  How do we do this?

•Is the art world still capable of sustaining the pursuit of a career in the arts?  How do we do this?

•Are there any forms of art outside of the pop culture and mainstream that have commercial/monetary potential?  Is it worth commercializing/monetizing those “undiscovered” forms?

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Exploration of Art As A Commodity

 

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"The truth is that it’s rather rare to find people willing to reexamine or reinterpret their most deeply held beliefs when the mounting evidence calls those beliefs into question. That is something most of us (myself included) battle with: How to be a person of principled convictions while being intellectually honest enough to acknowledge when certain propositions (and, in some instances, foundational policies) seem to be failing or falling short.
It’s quite possible, of course, that one’s basic convictions can remain true even when events go badly. Self-government is still the best form of government even if it might fail in one nation or another. And sometimes it is simply a matter of weathering storms until certain first principles are reaffirmed. At the same time, sometimes we hold to theories that are simply wrong, that are contrary to human nature and the way the world works, but we simply can’t let go of them. We have too much invested in a particular philosophy."

(Sort Of A) Mission Statement

I have always been told that I think a lot.  Some people even go so far as to say that I think too much.  Sometimes, I suffer from caring too much about what other people think.  I have never really taken advantage of my ability for critical thinking and analyzation, so I decided to do something about it.


Step #1 is making this blog.

Here are my personal objectives for this blog, tied in with several of my core beliefs, in as few words (I think) as possible:

1) I consider myself an intelligent artist, someone who finds enjoyment out of analyzation and debate.  Most of my discussion will center around the areas of visual/graphic art, music, theatre, politics, and philosophy.  I want to form a centralized storage for all of my thoughts.  This will be a great boon for me because I have a bad habit of forgetting important things if I don’t write them down somewhere.

2) I find the notion that my beliefs could be completely wrong or false both simultaneously terrifying and exhilarating.  I want to keep a running log of my own personal beliefs and philosophies in a public setting for the purpose of comparing my thoughts to others.  I want my beliefs to come into question.  I want people to be critical of what I think.  I want to come as close as I possibly can to some kind of universal truth.

3) I am a white American male in my early twenties, and am constantly trying to understand the vast amount of privilege that I was born into/have earned.  I feel the only way not waste all of the privilege I was given is to understand both what I am capable of and then how to put those capabilities into action.

4) I believe that free public education is the quickest and most effective way to start fixing many of our society’s problems.

5) I want to keep my thoughts and educational journey through my thoughts as clear and open to the public as possible, so that hopefully other people can possibly take away some of their own discoveries.

And also a final N.B.

I find that some of my better writing comes in “the heat of the moment,” when I am deep and thought or really fired up about a particular subject.  Because of this, I will try my best to edit grammar and syntax.  I can’t guarantee it will always be great.