Everything that goes wrong…

Hi everybody!

I heard about a Tai Chi teacher, an old Chinese woman living in France, who used to say a mysterious sentence to the students.

“C’est ce qui ne va pas qui va”

…which sounds like a typical Oriental brain-teaser riddle like “Everything is in everything and reciprocally”.

What does that mean? How to translate it?

  • Everything that goes wrong goes right
  • This is what does not go that goes
  • Only wrong things are moving forward
  • What goes wrong goes right
  • What doesn’t go goes

 

This sentence is a bit like the Toltec thing. A few words compacted in a seed.

 

The first Toltec agreement says : “Don’t make assumptions”, and the fifth : “Be skeptical (use the power of doubt to question everything you hear)”.

I love that because it’s a loop, and it’s incoherent (to question everything is to make infinite assumptions). And in a way that’s life!

Also this : Ruiz’s agreements are injunctions, orders : Do this/Don’t do this. It’s very Occidental (we all this like this, right? : If this then that (consequences)).

“What doesn’t go… goes” is more Oriental. It’s an assessment, a fact, almost a report. An observation!

 

OK. When you think about it, it works! The perfect image of the grain of sand in the oyster : this makes a pearl.

Nietzsche is more lyrical : “One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.”

And also, in a way, it’s the Amor Fati wisdom, the love of fate. You can (and have to) decide that what happens… happens. It’s better to accept it. If it’s wrong, we can maybe decide it’s right :

…it’ll make you stronger, it’ll make you think, it’ll show you new path.

On our need to be disturbed…

“What goes wrong goes right”, hey, it’s the title of my future book, OK? Don’t steal it, please!

Have a nice day!

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Bothness, the Blindfolded Lynx Game

I got the spark (bzim) for this little article when I read a Edgar Wind quote, which offered images (among others) like :

  • a dolphin with an anchor
  • a turtle with a sail
  • a blindfolded bobcat

I found this in a Didi-Huberman small article, playing with dances of two concepts – which I like above all or almost.

Therefore I write all this to try to catch a blurry idea in my web, searching with words…

 

There’s a relation between “not knowing” and “knowing” : what is it made of, how does it move? Is there a frontier here? How does it move? If I increase my knowledge, do I lose something else?

Appearance/Disapperance as a dance, or a will – maybe like the fireflies, the lightning bugs in the night : they flickeremit signals.

To slow down to think about all things. To be fast to catch an event in flight.

 

festina lente : hâte-toi lentement : make haste slowly

 

DIALECTICAL Images : “involving the interaction of opposites”

A dolphin needs an anchor to experiment something. Like try to play badminton with your other hand (with a partner who does the same). It slows you. It triggers other things.

A turtle with a sail. Is she a dreamer? Does it give a 1% more power, sufficient to trigger a big something? What is a placebo? Can you be your own placebo? Meta?

A blindfolded lynx. He has to increase his other senses?

Bothness… Or a will to decrease something to win something else… It’s a way to find a way out, to open an oblique door…

 

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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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How to to put a cat among pigeons, in classical music, Star Wars and other birds

Reading interviews of Valery Gergiev, a famous conductor, who plays the best orchestras of the world (this position is always interesting : these guys are intense, constantly trying to improve things, and they work with the best musicians – I love their problematics).

He says that each time big orchestras have to play classical classics, like symphonies of Beethoven, he tries different little things, to prevent the bore, to discover things, etc.

This can be pushed very far – the question of interpretation is fascinating. He tells that one day Leonard Bernstein were in Russia in front of young people, an orchestra made of beginners. And it was amazing because he tried many things with them, for example in the pace, for the reasons you are pleased to imagine (to keep the team focused, to try things, to push limits, to impress, to experiment?). Swell!

Turning dials and pulling levers, that’s interesting, and it’s two aspects :

  1. Which lever will you pull or push? Intensity? Complexity? Speed?
  2. How much will you do that? Slightly or risky? Too far? Too shy?

The infinite pleasure of classical music has many sources, but one of them is to compare interpretations. Take Beethoven : gorgeous as Karajan, as one man as Fürtwangler, feline as Kleiber, slow, transparent, baroque?

I’m interested here in this pattern : When something is “too well known” and you have to put the cat among the pigeons.

– we say in French : to throw a cobblestone in the pond, or to shake the coconut tree, does it make sense?

In big mainstream movies like Star Wars or Marvel, you feel they… are aware the problem too.

If you want to maintain something (interest thus money), you have to “increase something”, each time.

  1. A reboot : you redo it (three times for Spiderman)
  2. More vulgarity, peepooing the worst : Deadpool
  3. Bigger : Avengers
  4. Going wildly exuberant : Thor Ragnarok

Relaunching Star Wars was a good source of fun. Read the forums’ comments. The new films are “too respectuous” and “too shy”, or in the last one “too far from the basis”.

Whatever you do, you’ll find millions haters. Creators probably don’t care.

They try things, and that’s fun.

In the last one (The Last Jedi), they did something very smart. Instead of being funnier, or bigger, or wilder, they just sewed maturity in the middle of this mess. They constantly say in the movie : “Hey, fantard, don’t be so serious!”.

Therefore the key of the movie became Luke throwing the saber over his shoulder. Smart move, Luke, thank youuuu!

You can also read :

A Matter of Levers

“Reorganizing from the Night” : Comparing Versions in Classical Music

A little pattern in Star Wars VIII The Last Jedi (Spoilers!)

Thanks for reading!

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Passages, Modulations, Transitions

I love Bertrand Tavernier, a French movie director. One day, as I was watching a movie, something bothered me – but I didn’t find what it was. Then I found.

Transitions.

Movies are made of scenes, and this guy – within many other qualities – knew pretty smartly how to pass from a scene to another. It was so cleverly done!

Paul Valéry says that passages and modulations are the most subtle and fine and sharp secrets the of Arts.

Then he give examples from mother nature, a river, a stem, openings, mountings : there are thousands of types of transitions in nature and life, and it’s most of the time near to perfection.

You see me coming, right?

One could be interested in the “entre-deux”, the “between two”, the middle, the in-between. Studying transitions is another thing. It’s about the movement, choices maybe, combination, says Valéry, of action and matter.

I agree : talent for transitions is one very subtle secret of any art.

Where to apply this? Novels, poetry and writing? Modulations and other changes in music? Life (where to?)? If you work on a project (marketing, teaching, traveling), do you think about transitions?

  • Link? Plug? What else?
  • Split in two?
  • You’re a teacher : where and what kind of transitions do you see?

Mhhh next time I’ll talk about EMERGENCE.

Have a nice day!

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Fight Club vs Le Bon Bock – Rebellions

Hi everyone! You know me and my tendency to find common structures in things.

Yesterday I was reading about Le Bon Bock (1873), a painting (now in Philadelphia) by E. Manet, which was a big success after the dramatic events in Paris (the Paris Commune, 1871, see here : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris_Commune). It’s been seen as a Type, a sort of philosopher, happy to be quiet, thinking, having a pipe and a good beer.

Then I got questions from my daughter about the Fight Club movie (1999), a huge source of disagreements at the time. I made a web page (in French : https://www.maison-page.net/FC.html), my theory was that the film was a way to dismiss, back to back these two attitudes :

  1. Being a stupid “capitalist consumer” happy donkey, the unthinking bored dork whose motto is : “Buy things, obey the rules and shut up”.
  2. Being a dumb nihilist : the excessive-behaviored “useless anarchist” who needs the system (because he wants to “change” it).

What’s the point?

Well, for me, both (the painting/the movie), each in its era, says the same thing implicitly.

Manet painted a guy who is refractory to any form of domination – showing a way out of the boring back-to-back Fight Club criticism. The world is maybe absurd, but there’s a third path, out of the opposition : dumb consumer/dumb rebel.

Waldgänger uses the forest is an article where I explained what is this “Forest Goer” : you stay in the world, but you don’t believe in its bullshit anymore. You step aside… inside your mind. You don’t “quit”, you don’t rebel : you watch and don’t believe in what to see.

Inner retreat. You need it sometimes!…

Thanks for reading!

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