Tag Archives: Emotions

Impasse

Occasionally, you lose sight of your own future – the one you envision for yourself and strive toward. It’s very disorienting when that happens. That ideal life you’d like to lead becomes a diffuse and obscure cloud of confusion. When … Continue reading

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How Many Creative Options Do You Need?

This is a hard lesson to learn for many artists, myself included. Here it is, though: adding more creative options only causes you to reach a point of diminishing returns quite rapidly. Beyond that point, having more creative options available … Continue reading

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Ethical Erosion

What if every problem that besets humanity could be traced to a single root cause? We may be the authors of our own misery for one very simple reason – we behave badly. We behave badly, because we think we … Continue reading

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The Ideas That Excite You

There are some ideas that fully capture your imagination and enrapture you. They pique your interest and stimulate your curiosity. In short, they excite you. Not everybody responds to the ideas that grab you the same way you do, so … Continue reading

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How Different You Could Have Been

You might think that, born somewhere else, under different circumstances, you’d turn out pretty much the same as you are today, no matter what. The things you accomplished would have been accomplished, no matter where you started. You’d think the … Continue reading

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Steep Relearning Curves

Creative software tools are great. You can do amazing things with those apps and desktop programmes. What was once impossible or prohibitively expensive is now available on your device. If you’re like me, you’ve collected dozens of these useful tools, … Continue reading

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Getting Ahead

We’re told, as an article of faith, that competition is unconditionally good for society. The prevailing orthodoxy is that competition is the very basis of capitalism – a fundamental axiom, if you will – and that competition alone has delivered … Continue reading

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Reverence for Coherence

Coherence is the quality of making a unified whole, which makes sense to us. We like coherence. It feels right. We get a sense of satisfactory completeness and consistency, when something is coherent. Intuitively, we know these things belong together. … Continue reading

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Dancing with Disaster

This is a pure hunch. I admit that openly. Over the past decade, I’ve been learning to trust my intuition more, having seen it proven right in hindsight many times. I used to dismiss gut feelings as something akin to … Continue reading

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Frantic Deeds of Lunatic Benevolence

Being the child of immigrants who fled a major world war is a unique experience. Most children, thankfully, don’t have direct, first-hand experience of what it’s like to grow up with parents that, despite their best efforts to carry on … Continue reading

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