Tag Archives: Struggle

Creativity and Entropy

It seems to me that everybody that sets their mind to creating things faces an incessant battle against entropy, which they can never win, ultimately.  Yet, we create anyway, because without creation, entropy is indistinguishable from decay. Think about it.  … Continue reading

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Which Struggle Do You Live For?

Struggle is not incidental and avoidable.  It is essential.  If you want to be happy or to achieve a dream, then struggle and suffering comes with the deal.  There’s no way around it.  If you want to live a life … Continue reading

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I Don’t Know How to Make That

They don’t say it out loud, but you know it’s what they’re thinking.  In many creative pursuits (for example, writing software, or designing something), the maker will be asked to create something specific, according to some set of requirements, but … Continue reading

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Hard Times

We all go through them and right now, it’s my turn.  The reason I haven’t been posting as regularly or frequently as I usually do is because doing so is currently quite challenging.  My artistic pursuits have taken a back … Continue reading

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Knowing What You Don’t Know

I’ve been a guitar player for a very long time, but each and every day, I discover something else I don’t know how to play.  It is this acquisition of knowledge that turns out to be the main challenge, in … Continue reading

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A Modern Interpretation of “Useful Work versus Useless Toil”

The book, “Useful Work versus Useless Toil”, was written in 1884, by the illustrious William Morris; at least three years before the first Arts and Crafts exhibitions were proposed and long before there was such a thing as an “Arts … Continue reading

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In Praise of Skill

My art teacher and friend posted a link to this sardonic article on my timeline, recently: http://www.treeshark.com/treeblog/?p=1816 It was a tongue-in-cheek review of an exhibition of the works of John Singer Sargent, held recently at the National Portrait Gallery.  While … Continue reading

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