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Daily Obstruction: “My Pains Were Their Own Reward”

10 Oct



“My Pains Were Their Own Reward”


What profit, asks the prophet, what profit do you reap from the work of your hands?  He who looks to the fruit finds it not.  She who delights in the labor discovers self-fulfillment.



Daily Obstruction: Artist’s Tao

15 Aug



Artist’s Tao


Just as a sculptor works with the inherent faults, flaws, and grooves of the raw material, so too do all artists work with the natural inclination their chosen medium.


Daily Obstruction: Artist’s Struggle

15 Aug


Artist’s Struggle


Just as a sculptor carves out of wood or stone a form only seen by the artist’s eye, so too all art is the struggle with what exists to draw out something new.

Daily Obstruction: As Within, So Too Without

21 Jul


As Within, So Too Without


The nature of the soul radiates outward and forms the world in its own image.

Daily Obstruction: Going for the Gold Watch?

6 Apr


Going for the Gold Watch?


“I have been doing such-and-such for over twenty years.”  Most people, when they hear words to that effect, interpret them as a virtue: consistency, dependability, reliability, dedication, etc.  I hear a lack of imagination, and stagnation due to fear, comfort, and complacency.  But what it really comes down to, I suppose, is what “such-and-such” is and how you do it.

Daily Obstruction: Contra Aristotle

25 Feb


Contra Aristotle


So many people wonder why they’re not happy.  The answer is self-evident: Contrary to Aristotle, humans are not meant to be happy.  That’s not our goal, our telos, any more than the goal of the atmosphere is to be sunny and 74 degrees.  Rather, we are meant to complete our assigned task and that is not easy.  “Happiness” is a chimera created to be like the proverbial carrot held out in front of the donkey to get it to do its work.  Forget happiness and focus on your work because you are not an ass and your work was assigned just for you.

Daily Obstruction: Inertia & Change

24 Feb


Inertia and Change



Stability, comfort, routine, security, subservience are enemies of growth, development, vitality, imagination, and freedom.  Complacency and conformity result from concord.  Conflict and resistance create sparks of genius.