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Arts Creativity Writing

To dare is to blog

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A blog helps you solidify your thinking. But the practice of blogging is both a freedom and a constraint.

It’s liberating to say whatever you want, even if no one reads it. How dare someone discovers you! At the same time, there’s a fear that what’s written isn’t polished enough to be published.

But that’s what blogs are: rough drafts. They’re good enough to get started.

Blogs are the blank piece of paper, a sandbox where people work out ideas. They are full of contradictions and imperfections.

The fear is that your words may be wrong or misunderstood. No one likes to be called out. But that’s also part of the excitement—the ability to catch someone’s criticism.

Bloggers are already naked. They can even blog in their underwear. Bloggers notice and give other people something to chew on and discuss. They provide a spark, not the answer.

Bloggers raise their hand before they are ready. They pick themselves, professionals, past success, or not. They have a long-term willingness to figure it out all out and mix and mash the world of ideas even if only a handful of people notice.

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Life & Philosophy Psychology Quotes

John Nash on thinking normal

“I wouldn’t have had good scientific ideas if I had thought more normally.”

John Forbes Nash, Jr.

Weirdness is rough at the edges.

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Creativity Culture Life & Philosophy

The revolution will not be televised

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The obsession with novelty is what makes things popular. Yet, what appears ‘new’ is a facade built on designs of the past.

Trends are unstable because their form is temporary. Like click bait, they’re told to be known for the contagiousness of their spreadability.

Innovation plays the long-game. Not surprisingly, it’s usually the stuff that hangs around near the edges that seem to last for years to come.

What’s truly original is something that’s never been seen, heard, or done before. It doesn’t have to be revolutionary, but it should strive for timelessness.

The truth never expires.

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Poetry

We. I. YOU. Us.

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The moment we think we’re more important than others is a sign of our own negligibility. We are tiny nothingness in the grand scheme of things; a small piece of Earth’s plastic puzzle. Our form is temporary.

I, you, me, us — we are all equally important. What separates people is how they perceive themselves. ‘I think therefore I am,’ begs to be noticed.

There’s no escaping the potential of the imagination. We all have grand desires. But sometimes the fantasy was meant to be lived out by someone else. We’re all born naked and famous, the latter is just not distributed equally. I am, we are, you are us, you, me, and I.

If you're a WRITER or aspiring blogger, I highly recommend creating your own blog and publishing something new every day (read my post on how to set up a FREE blog on Wordpress).

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News Politics & Society

Tuning out the news

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In today’s age, unfollowing the news will give you a peace of mind. News entertains, it dances with sensationalism and highlights disappointing stories. ‘As it turns out, your hobby of monitoring the “state of the world” did not actually affect the world,’ blogs David Cain in his piece ‘Five Things You Notice When You Quit the News.’

The news is candy for the mind. There’s little currency in meta-truth and more credibility in depth. Books will always be more dependable than the news. The future is apt to repeat the past because people never learned the history taught in books in the first place.

‘If we only care about the breadth of information, and not the depth, there’s not much distinction between “staying informed” and staying misinformed.’

People substitute care with attention, thinking that knowing the latest news on Aleppo shows genuine concern. Their opinions on the issue tip-toe around ideal resolutions without doing anything about it.

‘The sense of “at least I care” may actually prevent us from doing something concrete to help, because by watching sympathetically we don’t quite have to confront the reality that we’re doing absolutely nothing about it.’

It doesn’t matter how well-informed you are because you won’t do anything to ameliorate the situation. You don’t need more news to fill your echo chamber of partisanship; you need to listen with intent.

It’s not even worth consuming the news at all. While that may sound callous, to “remain uninvolved without feeling uninvolved,” can bring focus to the things where you can actually make a difference.

If you're an artist, photographer, writer, etc., I highly recommend creating your own blog and publishing something new every day (read my post on how to set up a FREE blog on Wordpress).

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Creativity Culture

Wearing your heart on your sleeve

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The individual wears no logos. Punks wear studs and diamonds. Fashionistas signal their hipness with cashmere scarfs.

We all brand ourselves in one way or another whether we sport plainness, tattoos, or Prada.

We speak through our clothing. Design reveals some of our inside expressions. But most of us are more complex than that.

We can’t judge a book by its cover no matter how much or how little it stands out.

If you're a WRITER or aspiring blogger, I highly recommend creating your own blog and publishing something new every day (read my post on how to set up a FREE blog on Wordpress).

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