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Division On Division By DL

The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think.

There are no facts, only interpretations. Not all doors open in the same direction and with the same effort. You don’t have to stay committed to something just because you’re good at it. Easily mistaken, it is not about a love for adversity, it is about knowing a strength and a faith so great that adversity, in all its adverse manifestations, hardly even exists. For a change, don’t add new things in your life as a new year’s resolution. Instead, do more of what’s already working for you and stop doing things that are time waste. Pushiness is always at war with stubbornness. It is the obvious which is so difficult to see most of the time. People say ‘It’s as plain as the nose on your face.’ But how much of the nose on your face can you see, unless someone holds a mirror up to you? There is a huge amount of freedom that comes to you when you take nothing personally.

I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars. It is a narrow mind which cannot look at a subject from various points of view. Most misunderstandings in the world could be avoided if people would simply take the time to ask, What else could this mean? When you have once seen the glow of happiness on the face of a beloved person, you know that a man can have no vocation but to awaken that light on the faces surrounding him. In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. It is the obvious which is so difficult to see most of the time. We often need to lose sight of our priorities in order to see them. The fear of appearances is the first symptom of mental and physical impotence.

What we do see depends mainly on what we look for. In the same field the farmer will notice the crop, the geologists the fossils, botanists the flowers, artists the coloring, sportsmen the cover for the game. Though we may all look at the same things, it does not all follow that we should see them. When you’re socially awkward, you’re isolated more than usual, and when you’re isolated more than usual, your creativity is less compromised by what has already been said and done. All your hope in life starts to depend on your craft, so you try to perfect it. One reason I stay isolated more than the average person is to keep my creativity as fierce as possible. Being the odd one out may have its temporary disadvantages, but more importantly, it has its permanent advantages.

People live their lives bound by what they accept as correct and true. That’s how they define Reality. But what does it mean to be “correct” or “true”? Merely vague concepts. Their Reality may all be a mirage. Can we consider them to simply be living in their own world, shaped by their beliefs? If we are always arriving and departing, it is also true that we are eternally anchored. One’s destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things. The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success. For what you see and hear depends a good deal on where you are standing: it also depends on what sort of person you are.

What I need is perspective. The illusion of depth, created by a frame, the arrangement of shapes on a flat surface. Perspective is necessary. Otherwise there are only two dimensions. Otherwise you live with your face squashed up against a wall, everything a huge foreground, of details, close-ups, hairs, the weave of the bed sheet, the molecules of the face. Your own skin like a map, a diagram of futility, crisscrossed with tiny roads that lead nowhere. Otherwise you live in the moment. Which is not where I want to be. If we climb high enough, we will reach a height from which tragedy ceases to look tragic. While there is perhaps a province in which the photograph can tell us nothing more than what we see with our own eyes, there is another in which it proves to us how little our eyes permit us to see. Electricity is really just organized lightning.

There is strange comfort in knowing that no matter what happens today, the Sun will rise again tomorrow. You have to learn to see things in the right proportions. Learn to see great things great and small things small. When it rains it pours. Maybe the art of life is to convert tough times to great experiences: we can choose to hate the rain or dance in it. Every single cell in the human body replaces itself over a period of seven years. That means there’s not even the smallest part of you now that was part of you seven years ago. The struggles we endure today will be the ‘good old days’ we laugh about tomorrow. I’m often painted as the bad guy, and the artistic part of me wants to hand out the brush. Distance has the same effect on the mind as on the eye. Life’s trials will test you, and shape you, but don’t let them change who you are.

The optimist sees the doughnut, the pessimist sees the hole.


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