Hail or Meteor : Chronicle 44

What happens after emancipation?

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Some monsters take whatever passes by and transform it in numbers.

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Yesterday I saw a mother in the toy store, like I see many times a day, but she was different. Two kids, like 4 and 6. The little one targeted a blue box and began his little game with mum, trying every angle :

  1. Yelling at her
  2. Showing her
  3. “Look I need it!”
  4. Bawling his eyes out
  5. Hitting her knees
  6. “It’s soooo small”
  7. Letting go and sobbing
  8. “Why you don’t waaaannt”
  9. “Pleaaaaase!!!!”
  10. Etc

Brother tried to help, showing the box to mum in silence, then putting it back. The mother was mumbling a little, incoherent, absent, not like “I don’t know what to do”, but absent in herself. Maybe she was on medication, barely watching hearing her little nasty boy. The question became, from “Why the heck do you bring kids in a toy store?” (which is inconsistent), to “Why does she stay here barely mumbling next to a desperate boy who becomes drank in tears?”. She stayed around for like twenty minutes, 98% indifferent, maybe waiting for someone, maybe drowned in cold life-hate. I don’t know. It ended badly : she was absent-mindedly looking at postcards, the boys was rolling himself on the floor, crying, screaming, dribbling, with his brother catching him to prevent him to go back to the toyshop section.

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A desire for change, at all costs, so strong that you can accept to be in a worse position after this change.

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After emancipation came madness – instead of being free, we thought we were.

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Jünger : when a chain of actions begins by a strange fact, every stage, link, will stay true to this style.

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When someone’s good somewhere it’s strange to see him/her bad elsewhere.

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Yes some conversations build instantly like a common roof.

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When you trust someone and say : “Don’t tell me! If you ask me, I’ll answer no. Do it!”.

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When you’re a blogger and you discover the articles (written a long time ago) which has been read while you were sleeping, you are tempted to read them again, and… it makes sense. Sort of.

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Is my blog dishevelled? Oh yeah.

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The nasty, ugly passage from a perfection to another.

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During a lecture a linguist made the claim that although a double negative in English implies a positive meaning, there is no language in which a double positive implies a negative. To which someone in the back of the room responded : “Yeah, right.”

Have a nice day!

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The Juxtaposition Principle

ONE

I’m a bookseller, and this morning I talked with a lady who needed books and inspiration to write something for a funeral.

It’s easy to find this, but always in “squares”. Wells.

I mean, you’ll find things from Catholics, from Philosophy, in Spirituality books, in Literature, Buddhism, etc.

But I know a book from a woman who helps the reader to cope with ordeal, in one single book, from texts and quotes from : journalists, priests, masters, buddhists, writers from other centuries, from today, etc…

It’s a great book because “help” seems to come from everywhere, and also because you feel these things are universal, and because it’s interesting to find links between different states of mind. It’s not a well, it’s an ocean…

TWO

I call the Juxtaposition Principle a way to (maybe casually, at least with a certain freedom) to present an heterogeneity.

Serve yourself.

THREE

In the bookstore I do this constantly :

If, for example, there’s an offer for pocket books, I will present 25 different books in a single front display, with : self help, sociology, philosophy, art, anthropology, music and history. Juxtaposition. I do it on purpose, and so there.

Usually, managers don’t understand that.

They want “massive bestsellers front walls”, with one single book presented by the hundreds. This says to the customers : “I’m huge, obey, don’t think : BUY!!”.

My way says :

  1. Let yourself be surprised
  2. There are many levels on this knowledge ladder : choose your stair
  3. It can be fun to find the links between the books
  4. You can be curious if you want
  5. I’m a bookseller and I present these to you, you can follow or not
  6. Maybe theres’s a message here : do you find it?
  7. What is the common trait here?
  8. These are NOT new books, but classics, or different ones : explore
  9. Disobey advertising, find your way into this tree!
  10. Be smart
  11. Etc

FOUR

I wrote an article about this Juxtaposition Principle about my Instagram. Because, evidently you see me coming : Constantly Random is an Instagram flaw

And I absolutely and willingly and by choice do this for my blog.

It’s not about fashion, or traveling, or IA. It’s about MANY things. Juxtaposition.

And of course, I know you know that there’s a little music hidden in this Juxtaposition here.

It doesn’t work that well, but I reached “real” 251 followers today, which gives me 430 followers in total. Not thousands, but I’m happy though. You my followers are curious explorers. And I love you.

Have a great day!!

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Electric Potential

Deleuze says that words are old and that we write to try to create electric potentials : between these, “something can pass”, a lightning who comes from language, who will show us what was hidden by dust.

Maybe love is based on that, right? A link based on differences…

I like to write in English because it’s not my language, I have to search for words, and if I’m casual I try to invent some. I HOPE it feels a bit non-OK-but-I-get-it.

You can consider the idea of “translation” this way. I remember that Brian de Palma was obsessed by other movies. Then he translated his way, making Blow Out (a guy records sounds and accidentaly maybe gets a shotgun) from Blow Up (a photographer takes pics in a park and realizes there’s a body). Changing an element to see what we find.

For this, inventing a freedom and a casualness is necessary. If I think too much, I would never write in English, because I know it’s… not good. But I don’t care : I find ideas and I share. Some days, I know it triggers other ideas in readers, or it plugs with another thinker’s mind, and voilà! I’m happy!

Sometimes life’s like a puzzle. A sentence in a blog can be a little piece of the puzzle, or a little tool to change it. Use it, steal it, reframe it : this is what I did too, before.

Ideas have to circulate, maybe spread.

Have a good day!

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We always write to give birth to free life where she’s jailed, to draw flee lines. For this, language must not be an homegenous system but an unbalancement, always heterogenous : style digs differences of potentials in it it, between which something can pass, happen, a fast lightning who will comes out of the language itself, and will show us and make us think about what stood in the shades around words, these entities we didn’t even know they were existing…

“Well roared, Lion” : Chronicle 43

Memory gilds; reality brings about disillusions.
Ernst Jünger

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When we get a sign, maybe it has no other meaning than to raise our alertness.

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Work sometimes with people who trust more in your talent than you do.

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Some zones in life are incomprehensible.

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Sometimes you have to choose but everything is great, thus what do you choose?

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Memories are places, often, oui ?

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Sliding out of assignations…

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“She’s seeking ersatz”

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Curses of the now : goals, and counts. You need to reach, or to win, you obey numbers. To compete is to lose all appeal.

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On a stinking territory,
practice coldness.
When mud’s frozen,
it’s easier to walk
Ernst Jünger

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Two points of view :

  1. “So, nothing happens?”
  2. “Don’t worry, nothing happens…”

 

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You can now buy me a coffee!

Miracle Mornings (for bloggers and duck hunters)

Well… this book (who tells you that it’s good to wake up early) is also a success in France. I just checked on ze Internet to discover they printed dozens of more, like Miracle Morning for writers, families, executives, whatever. Money is good, take it where it is!

We could offer a bigger variety, like MM to pee, MM mindfulness, MM for single fathers, MM sex and MM for photographers who like poetry, or MM for those who work on a thesis about Middle Age in Finland. Well, they did MM for Real Estate agents!

Well, it says : Wake up early. That’s all! The “not-so-obvious” blurb is wrong. It is. You just have to pull the idea-string to do it. Wake up early means… you have to jump into bed early (or you’ll be like a craving coffee sleepy slipperhead). It also means this :

You’ll have time in the quiet morning for yourself.

After all, in evenings, we all are drunk and exhausted by our day, right? Kids, noise, schedules, commuting, TV bullshittery, errands erranding, and so on : this is all melt and stuck in our head like a boule of grease, and at 8 PM you just look like an incoherent irritated dead hive.

Pill or no pill : Go to bed and sleep at 9 PM. At 5 in the morning you’ll be like a jumping happy zebra. Coffee, shower, then do what you like : blog, read, breathe, make love slowly, then go biking, or watch the sun waking up in colors, naked feet in the grass (if it’s summer – or all year long if you live in Califloridania).

Sshhhh…

Almost all my blogs articles are written hours before I go to work. I can’t do any good things in evenings – or maybe articles which are in need to be very casually written (yes, some of them need that).

Well, if you HAVE to wake up at 5 to commute & work immediately, that’s not fun anymore. I’m sorry! I lived like that for a year. I was back home at 3:30 PM and crashed in sleep anywhere in a minute, like a bovine patty-chip-dung : schplaff.

Not good for any creativity, I agree. The only thing I could do with this brain is to collect forks or avant-garde screwdrivers. Swell!

If you wake up at 4 AM because you are a hunter, I don’t like you. Killing ducks and deers is not cool. It hurts them. Not miracle morning at all! Gunshots during dawn, come on! It’s bad morning for animals, you disturb birds chirping, and it’s bad for your kharma. I wish you walk into a huge French cow chip, so there!

Have a nice day, everyone!

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The desire to let go to tenderness: Chronicle 37

Some people really think their opinion IS reality.
Watch them jump when you tell them “Well, that’s an opinion!”

 

 

When you don’t know what to do… You do nothing? Why and what for? To watch? To let others or events decide for you?

Or do you try something anything, just to activate something?

What is smart?

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Reading about Manet showed me this pair of Types :

  1. The one who invents, initiates a revolution, but people laugh and don’t understand. Too much advanced.
  2. The one who takes the elements he could use, tamed and injected into mainstream, and is successful.

Guess who’s making the more money, and guess who will be forgotten soon?

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When you think too much you have to find a way to bypass your exhausting brain. Everything linked to music seems to work (listening, concert, dancing). What else? A good conversation? Alcohol? Sleeping?

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What you don’t understand, you make fun of it, or you try to understand it?

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Show what I am made of – while writing.

Almost all my blog posts say something which is not said.

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In The Rite, an Ingmar Bergman movie, I found :

“You probably have a weakness, a desire to let go to tenderness”

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Many beautiful faces are based on this secret : asimmetry.

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“Remettre les choses à leur place” : To put things back where they belong.

Interesting stuff. Could be an article. Find the wrongness of it, of course. Develop in “When we think wrong”. Conservatism. Etc.

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Sacrilege as the passage of a boundary. Develop.

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The weak analogical thinking : “It makes me think of“. Show how it’s insufficient and inadequate.

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When people say you’re ignorant and you did it on purpose.

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You can analyze any speech, but it’s more difficult to analyze silence.

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82 Propositions of Jodorowsky

 

You’ll find some… sounding like the traditional inspirational quotes. But some of them will disturb you, make you laugh, or find you in total disagreement. Why?

Each one could begin an article, right?

Obtain things in order to share them.

I like this one!

 

Thanks for reading!

 

 

  • Ground your attention on yourself. Be conscious at every moment of what you are thinking, sensing, feeling, desiring, and doing.
  • Always finish what you have begun.
  • Whatever you are doing, do it as well as possible.
  • Do not become attached to anything that can destroy you in the course of time.
  • Develop your generosity ‒ but secretly.
  • Treat everyone as if he or she was a close relative.
  • Organize what you have disorganized.
  • Learn to receive and give thanks for every gift.
  • Stop defining yourself.
  • Do not lie or steal, for you lie to yourself and steal from yourself.
  • Help your neighbor, but do not make him dependent.
  • Do not encourage others to imitate you.
  • Make work plans and accomplish them.
  • Do not take up too much space.
  • Make no useless movements or sounds.
  • If you lack faith, pretend to have it.
  • Do not allow yourself to be impressed by strong personalities.
  • Do not regard anyone or anything as your possession.
  • Share fairly.
  • Do not seduce.
  • Sleep and eat only as much as necessary.
  • Do not speak of your personal problems.
  • Do not express judgment or criticism when you are ignorant of most of the factors involved.
  • Do not establish useless friendships.
  • Do not follow fashions.
  • Do not sell yourself.
  • Respect contracts you have signed.
  • Be on time.
  • Never envy the luck or success of anyone.
  • Say no more than necessary.
  • Do not think of the profits your work will engender.
  • Never threaten anyone.
  • Keep your promises.
  • In any discussion, put yourself in the other person’s place.
  • Admit that someone else may be superior to you.
  • Do not eliminate, but transmute.
  • Conquer your fears, for each of them represents a camouflaged desire.
  • Help others to help themselves.
  • Conquer your aversions and come closer to those who inspire rejection in you.
  • Do not react to what others say about you, whether praise or blame.
  • Transform your pride into dignity.
  • Transform your anger into creativity.
  • Transform your greed into respect for beauty.
  • Transform your envy into admiration for the values of the other.
  • Transform your hate into charity.
  • Neither praise nor insult yourself.
  • Regard what does not belong to you as if it did belong to you.
  • Do not complain.
  • Develop your imagination.
  • Never give orders to gain the satisfaction of being obeyed.
  • Pay for services performed for you.
  • Do not proselytize your work or ideas.
  • Do not try to make others feel for you emotions such as pity, admiration, sympathy, or complicity.
  • Do not try to distinguish yourself by your appearance.
  • Never contradict; instead, be silent.
  • Do not contract debts; acquire and pay immediately.
  • If you offend someone, ask his or her pardon; if you have offended a person publicly, apologize publicly.
  • When you realize you have said something that is mistaken, do not persist in error through pride; instead, immediately retract it.
  • Never defend your old ideas simply because you are the one who expressed them.
  • Do not keep useless objects.
  • Do not adorn yourself with exotic ideas.
  • Do not have your photograph taken with famous people.
  • Justify yourself to no one, and keep your own counsel.
  • Never define yourself by what you possess.
  • Never speak of yourself without considering that you might change.
  • Accept that nothing belongs to you.
  • When someone asks your opinion about something or someone, speak only of his or her qualities.
  • When you become ill, regard your illness as your teacher, not as something to be hated.
  • Look directly, and do not hide yourself.
  • Do not forget your dead, but accord them a limited place and do not allow them to invade your life.
  • Wherever you live, always find a space that you devote to the sacred.
  • When you perform a service, make your effort inconspicuous.
  • If you decide to work to help others, do it with pleasure.
  • If you are hesitating between doing and not doing, take the risk of doing.
  • Do not try to be everything to your spouse; accept that there are things that you cannot give him or her but which others can.
  • When someone is speaking to an interested audience, do not contradict that person and steal his or her audience.
  • Live on money you have earned.
  • Never brag about amorous adventures.
  • Never glorify your weaknesses.
  • Never visit someone only to pass the time.
  • Obtain things in order to share them.
  • If you are meditating and a devil appears, make the devil meditate too.

 

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