YOU CAN NEVER SOLVE A PROBLEM ON THE LEVEL ON WHICH IT WAS CREATED
Whatever it is that causes you problems in life, master it, learn ever thing about it that you can. If it’s drugs, learn the history drugs. If it’s alcohol, learn the history of alcohol. If it’s relationships, learn the history of love. If it’s money, learn the history of that. It will help you. Whatever it is that becomes your life’s challenge, make it become your life’s purpose to master it — this will help you. I guess one of my biggest challenges in life was getting people to understand my ideas, so I guess it made sense that I became a master of communications — class of 2013 (one more semester left!)…sonni
Since 1950 I have been keeping a film diary. I have been walking around with my Bolex and reacting to the immediate reality: situations, friends, New York, seasons of the year. On some days I shot ten frames, on others ten seconds, still on others ten minutes. Or I shot nothing. When one writes diaries, it’s a retrospective process: you sit down, you look back at your day, and you write it all down. To keep a film (camera) diary, is to react (with your camera) immediately, now, this instant: either you get it now, or you don’t get it at all. To go back and shoot it later, it would mean restaging, be it events or feelings. To get it now, as it happens, demands the total mastery of one’s tools (in this case, Bolex): it has to register the reality to which I react and also it has to register my state of feeling (and all the memories) as I react.
….storytelling, whose functional role is to advance people’s knowledge of themselves and the world around them.
Life in itself is a mere succession of separations. Beginning with birth, going through several weaning periods and the development of the individual personality, and finally culminating in death – which represents the final separation. At birth, the individual experiences the first shock of separation, which throughout his life he strives to overcome. In the process of adaptation, man persistently separates from his old self, or at least from those segments off his old self that are now outlived. Like a child who has outgrown a toy, he discards the old parts of himself for which he has no further use ….The ego continually breaks away from its worn-out parts, which were of value in the past but have no value in the present. The neurotic [who cannot unlearn, and, therefore, lacks creativity] is unable to accomplish this normal detachment process … Owing to fear and guilt generated in the assertion of his own autonomy, he is unable to free himself, and instead remains suspended upon some primitive level of his evolution— Otto Rank
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.