We shall not cease from exploration.
And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started.
And know the place for the first time.
–Thomas Stearns Eliot
The rage for wanting to conclude is one of the most deadly and most fruitless manias to befall humanity […] to measure the infinite, and to know the recipe for happiness. What arrogance and what nonsense! I see, to the contrary, that the greatest geniuses and the greatest works have never concluded.
If you spot it, you’ve got it.
(Empirically studied and proven in some fields of counseling and also Buddhism).
Luck is the residue of design — things worthwhile generally don’t just happen. Luck is a fact, but should not be a factor. Good luck is what is left over after intelligence and effort have combined at their best. Negligence or indifference are usually reviewed from an unlucky seat. The law of cause and effect and causality both work the same with inexorable exactitudes.
Conversation is the engine of knowledge. It’s the generative activity of civilization. Of course, I don’t mean only literally talk, I mean the bigger sense of conversation – human interchange, interaction and commerce.
Content is to be discovered not in the work itself particularly, but in our interaction with the work: all observations are participations.
The details are not the details; they make the product.
‘With innovative material selection, sensible construction techniques and modern aesthetics one can craft a unique design language that sets a new standard.’
Art is the most complex, vitalizing and civilizing of human actions. Thus it is of biological necessity. Art sensitizes man to the best that is immanent in him through an intensified expression involving many layers of experience. Out of them art forms a unified manifestation, like dreams which are composed of the most diverse source material subconsciously crystallized. It tries to produce a balance of the social, intellectual and emotional existence; a synthesis of attitudes and opinions, fears and hopes.
Art has two faces, the biological and the social, the one toward the individual and the other toward the group. By expressing fundamental validities and common problems, art can produce a feeling of coherence. This is its social function which leads to a cultural synthesis as well as to a continuation of human civilization.
Today, lacking the patterning and refinement of emotional impulses through the arts, uncontrolled, inarticulate and brutally destructive ways of release have become commonplace. Unused energies, subconscious frustrations, create the psychopathic borderline cases of neurosis. Art as expression of the individual can be a remedy of sublimation of aggressive impulses. Art educates the receptive faculties and it revitalizes the creative abilities. In this way art is rehabilitation therapy through which confidence in one’s creative abilities can be restored.
According to the thinkers of the East, there are five different intoxications:
1. of beauty, youth and strength;
2. then the intoxication of wealth;
3. the third is power, command, the power of ruling;
4. and there is the fourth intoxication, which is the intoxication of learning, of knowledge.
5. All these four intoxications fade away just like stars before the sun in the presence of the intoxication of music.
The reason is that it touches that deepest part of man’s being. Music reaches farther than any other impression from the external world can reach. And the beauty of music is that it is both the source of creation and the means of absorbing it. In other words, by music was the world created, and by music it is withdrawn again into the source which has created it.
–Hazrat Inayat Khan
We live in an over-served world driven by unrealistic expectations, and the toughest challenge in this environment is to set yourself apart… which is the purpose of branding. By building strong brands with real value, you build strong bottom lines.