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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The Think & The Do : Catch a Tip

This is a mayhemic article about a pattern I meet everyday these days.

(As you know, when you spot then notice a pattern, you see it everywhere, right?)

ONE

Bourdieu explains that there’s a problem with scholars studying the source of Manet‘s paintings scandals. These guys develop theories about the “will of Manet”, seen as a smart rebel.

Like in History, it’s easy to rebuild stray events and sew them into a “will” of destiny or whatever. Bourdieu says simply that Manet was just in the process of painting, that’s all. A haeccetian recall : he’s painting, thinking about a Japanese etching, he has an idea with color, or frame, he finds difficult to paint eyes, a gaze, and deals with the days (hungriness, sex, friends, insomnia, whatever, who knows).

The clear will to make a scandal doesn’t even exist. He just paints! Theoricians, 100 years after, explain crystal clear theories.

TWO

This could be one branch of the science of bullshittery.

Taleb tells stories of lecturers in huge hotels of New York powerpointing about the need to be ethical and fight poverty, who treat waiters harshly at lunch. The consequences of these meetings is mainly to blossom other meetings with powerpoints elsewhere in the world. Practice what you preach, buddy!

THREE

Big talkative personalities (like me, haha) love theories, maybe more than action, so what? I love to talk about movies and books and arts, I love analysis, I love structures. Plus I’m an INTFJ, plus I’m a Five (a watcher). I’m not action man. And sometimes I admire action men…

Grand diseux, petit faiseux, we say in Ch’ti, the north of France dialect : “Big teller, small maker”. Makes sense?

FOUR

If you Google “theory” and “action” on Google you’re parasitated by… Theories of Action, arghhhh.

I regret to not to be an anthropologist (sorry for my English), and I probably need help here. I’m pretty sure that many persons studied the dance between action and theory.

Creation is an act of resistance, says Deleuze.

A book of Agamben is called “The Fire and the Account”. He says that acting and thinking are interlinked :

We think when we can’t act anymore, we act when we can’t think anymore

Lacan says that what is important is that “makes something happen” – then you can catch a tip.

“Life to knowledge” !

Maybe the action is not that important, but the way one person witnesses it, talks about it, links it, shows a way to live or to spout…

OK, I know, it’s mess. I’ll dig into it. Who can help me?

Thanks for reading!

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Kundera, memory & slowness

Kundera explains that without the help of memory, pleasure is orphan. Now, well, the memory is the daughter or… slowness.

“There is a secret bond between slowness and memory, between speed and forgetting.

A man is walking down the street. At a certain moment, he tries to recall something, but the recollection escapes him. Automatically, he slows down.

Meanwhile, a person who wants to forget a disagreeable incident he has just lived through starts unconsciously to speed up his pace, as if he were trying to distance himself from a thing still too close to him in time.

In existential mathematics that experience takes the form of two basic equations: The degree of slowness is directly proportional to the intensity of memory; the degree of speed is directly proportional to the intensity of forgetting.”

 

 

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“Intentions vs Dispositions” & Widenings

ONE

Bourdieu explains this concept (which is a GREAT dial to watch) in his conferences about Manet.

To make is short, he says that when an artist “makes” something (a movie, a painting, etc), audience and critics talks about his/her INTENTIONS.

As if artists knew exactly what they do and the impact their work will have!

Kundera said that sometimes he receives a thesis written by a student about his books, and explains that he had no idea all these ideas were in them !

TWO

Bourdieu opposes Intentions to Dispositions. Manet’s work is not “a crystal clear intention to have this impact”, but it’s more like a bouquet of tendencies, an aggregate of his childhood, his education, training, his time, his friends, his changing or searching personality, his work too, the building of it, etc.

THREE

I think we can watch this pattern, widening it to human relations in general. There, it plugs to the second agreement. People don’t do thing with big “intentions” towards you, but they deal with their own dreams and values, linked to you or not.

FOUR

It’s linked with the idea of Umberto Eco & the Open Work, and Intertextuality (“the meaning of a text does not reside in the text”). In short : the audience reacts, but they probably don’t get the “intention” of the author (if there’s one). The audience builds its own system of reactions, according if necessary to the imagined, supposed “intentions” of the author.

Same in life, right?

FIVE

Disposition is the “tendency of”, the trend. A human being will is a complex system, a changing aggregate. You watch, then, the… Propensity. The natural tendency to move this way, to act that way.

You have no idea how a scandal it’s been for Manet’s work : Le Déjeuner sur l’Herbe, and Olympia. Bourdieu smiles : maybe someone asked the painter, one evening in spring, on a terrace in Paris with a beer “What do you do this day?”. “I paint”.

SIX

“Haecceity” !

Endless Amendments : Reality

SEVEN

We’re not islands, but we are, in a way.

Intentions do exist, yes, but for ourselves. I love this example (from Kundera again) : the intention of knowing.

CONCLUSION

Watch someone act (crazy or not). Understand it with dispositions (the whole system this person is in, education, wounds, life, milieu, changes, desires), not with intentions.

 

Have a great day!

 

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Who’s lured & misled, here?

Il n’existe pas un esprit qui soit d’accord avec soi-même. Ce ne serait plus un esprit.
There is no one spirit who agrees with itself. It wouldn’t be a spirit any more.
Paul Valéry

 

 

“Qui trompe-t-on, ici ?” – Who’s misled, here?

A theatre professional (an actor, a director) knows he “has to create an illusion”. Therefore each time he goes to watch a play, a movie, or reads a book, he sees the illusion… but he may feel pleasure too. He is just not completely taken in…

We all have that skill, more or less : it depends. It happens when you’re in your domain, like the actress watching a movie. But for other people it happens all the time.

Who’s lured & misled, here?

It’s a state of mind. A quick capacity of “Inside Sidestepping”. You’re never completely taken in, you always see when you’re manipulated :

  1. It happens when you’re a pro and you know all the tricks.
  2. It happens when you’re in a situation where you’re forced to think different (illness or anything that modifies your mood).
  3. It happens when you have it, this ability to detect the use of illusion (or bullshit, if you prefer).

 

The problem is : you have to live, though. You see the masks, and you see that others don’t see the masks, and that’s all. It’s like you have to work on it, on shutting up the desire to warn others. Then you can have fun…

The world of men can become a subject of curiosity.

Most of the time, you don’t participate. 

Haha : Hunting Parrots, you can do. Very fun.

 

Thanks for reading!

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Spiritual Retreat(s)

When someone is sick, or in hospital, (s)he is different from other human beings – separated from the others, who have to run along their days…

After a heart attack or a stroke, everything stops, and then one think about things other people don’t have time to think about (and should do?).

Other events can push you into this state, loss, inheritance, pregnancy. This incident changes the course of life, it’s a revealing process. One think different suddenly, a little out of the flow…

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Retreat_(spiritual) : “…an intimate way of deepening powers of concentration and insight.”

 

Maybe it’s sad that we need religions, illness or sudden events to begin to think about…

About what? Why? What if I decided a retreat, twice a year? Not “holidays”, but a loneliness time in a lonely bungalow on a desert sand dune, in the wind and the sun within pines and in front of the sea – dans les Landes, évidemment – with no books, no wi-fi and no screens…

 

Thanks for reading!

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The tale of us falling off horse

Hi sorry L&G my French is a wind it blows into my English I need more coffee.

There’s this little tale who says that if you fall off your horse it makes sense : who knows where your horse would have taken you?

Then you think you might have made in on purpose… without knowing it. Your unconsciousness did it.

“Why did you do that, silly?”

Maybe it was the wrong horse
or maybe the good horse going too fast/slow
or maybe going along an unknown and frightening path…

Maybe also you were on your high horse and an invisible hand pushed you out off from it. So there! Bim! Bien fait!

I think that when we metaphorically fall off horse (we’re hurt we don’t know what to do anymore we’re slow) we made in on purpose.

Owner inner guts felt something – and said stop. STOP JFTC!

We put ourselves in blocked or slowed situation just to protect ourselves.

Then we talk about Amor Fati…

You got ill or you unconsciously provoked your accident to prevent something you were afraid of?

Or nope, “it was complete random”.

But it’s better to think it’s not, right? It’s something strange to imagine your guts did it for you, to slow you down, to prevent us from… acting.

At 16 I got a disease which harmed my heart, my kidneys, and blocked me from society for at least 6 months…

Allez. Go climb back on your horseback. If it’s around.

If it’s galloping in the far, go by walk, buy a car, find another horse, steal one, or sit your arse in front of the mountain, the sunrise comes it’s orange.

Sing, and listen to winds…

Have a nice day!

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