Individual Thought Patterns Part II
Freedom of Mind
I always thought that an artist, any artist, can easily live a normal live, while practicing his art as well. I couldn’t be more wrong. That’s because there are two kinds of artists, the creative artist and the reproducing artist. I consider myself closer to the first kind, although I have reproduced art by others in the past.
The reproducing artist can live a normal life more easily, because he is mearly reproducing the art that someone else created, which is effortless, and that’s about all there is to say. He is the one who “catches snakes with someone else’s hands” like a Mongolian saying goes. On the other hand the creative artist has to create something, most times out of nothing. Now that is the true form of art. There definitely has to be an inspiration of course and a certain pattern, but when one picks which suits him best, all the rest is up to him. And some other times your inspiration picks you instead. But the most important thing here is not to be bound by certain “rules”. From my point of view, there should be a general “theory” behind your art, but no “rules” on how to do it.
That applies of course to any artist, in any field. Any one who uses his creative mind to create art. For example, if you ask ten writers to describe the current economical or political situation in their country, assuming that they all live in the same country, you’d get ten different stories. That is called creative writing. If you were to ask ten painters to draw a beautiful landscape with mountains and forests, you’d get ten different pictures. If you were to ask ten rock musicians to compose a song using the same pattern, you’d still get ten different songs. Adding something out of the ordinary to a rock song, like a bass solo, or some hich-pitched or operatic vocals, or even a small opera piece like Queen, boosts your creativity. Always having a certain rule or pattern that goes like “riff-riff-bridge-verse-bridge solo-riff-etc” is easier and probably more commercial, but bounds your creativity a lot. If the painters had all painted similar snowy mountains and green forests and the writers had all written something like “politicians lie, economy is bad, etc” how would that help your imagination? Simply reproducing a certain pattern, or rule, or opinion, does not help you to create. Creation is evolution, while reproducing the same old patterns, is a taking a step back. Being spontaneous and original is the power of creation.
On the other hand, the creative artist, must free his mind of all patterns. It’s not an easy thing to do, and most people are not even willing to do it. For example, how easy would it be to see a white house and say that it’s black? To take a knife and cut your hand and say that you don’t feel pain? To look straight into your mothers eyes and tell her that she means nothing to you? It’s actually a state of being without actually being. Of disputing something, while believing at the same time. “Comfortably numb” is a phrase that I use very often. Every man with good discipline and self-control can do it. Subconsciously we all have done it at least once. The psychosynthesis of the human being consists of many layers. Imagine it being like an onion. Actually it depends on you and you alone, how much you’re going to get a situation get to you.
As far as I’m concerned, when someone is telling lies, or calling you names, or beats you up, or abuses an animal, or he’s is rapist, all these things affect each of us in a different level, and that’s because emotions are the same, but the control that each of us has over them, is not. Fear, anger, compassion, love, hate, they’re all there, but no one can impose on you how you should feel about something or someone. Only if you manage to be in a “comfortably numb” state of mind, about everything that’s happening around you, only then you’ll be able to occupy yourself with things that really matter. Only then you’ll be able to test your limits and see what is really wrong and what is right, and how all these things affect you. At this point I should mention that in two situations I rarely manage to keep my calm. And those two are when someone abuses an animal or a small child. It’s my belief that those two things are the same as destroying innocence itself, and there is no logic that can justify these situations.
Peace of Mind.
People are curious by nature. And kindness is not all that interesting to most of them, while on the other hand, planning to do something “evil” is, from a small prank to a major scam. The Chinese people have a saying that goes like this “There are only two kinds of people that are good, the one that is dead, and the one that is yet unborn”. So, are we evil by nature? Maybe so… it would be the nicest thing if one could live a quiet life while achieving his dreams at the same time, but that is simply not possible. Most of us yearn for a little adventure. Life itself is much simpler than that, but we always tend to make it more complex. We tend to use every mean possible to achieve really small and meaningless things, while at the same time we ignore bigger and more important things, like peace of mind. Here goes another saying, from the Mongols this time, which says that “One shouldn’t draw his sword to kill a mosquito”.
Educating oneself does help a lot, especially the kind of education which derives from experience, that’s why life itself is the biggest school of all.
Roosevelt once wanted to explain the importance of education so he said that “Someone who never went to school, might steal a car, but he who has finished a university, will steal the whole road.”
Like I mentioned earlier, proper education never derives only from books, but also from experience. After all, many books are written by people who either have a different opinion than yours, or on many occasions, they might be trying to conceal part of the truth. Someone might think that he has failed in his attempt to obtain a proper education in his life, but what is “failure” really but a road to success? The great Thomas Edison once said that “I have no failures; I’ve just invented 50.000 things that don’t work”. Don’t let your failures get you down. Even the Greek Revolution of 1821 was preceded by over one hundred other attempts that failed. Educating yourself is vital in order to achieve freedom of mind.
Pushing your Limitations.
Every rose has its thorn though, and if one likes roses, he must come to terms with their thorns as well. Living the life of a sceptic isn’t easy, since your worst enemy is your own self most of the times. One should push himself above his limitations, but one should never impose someone else’s thoughts as his own. Your own approach on things, your own way of thinking will emerge sooner or later. But it must come on its own good time, it should never be forced.
One of the hardest things to accept is a different version of a widely accepted story, or even History itself. I’ve come to acknowledge the fact that “History” is some kind of “censored past”. A past that not even God (if he existed) could change, but then again, historians can (the irony). Most people also conceal parts of their past, parts that might be considered “crazy”, “shameful” or just plain “weird” by other people, especially the ones close to them. In that case it’s easy most of the times to accept another version of the past and live with that false past all of your life, although in most occasions people won’t believe what they’re hearing if one ever tried to explain that. That’s why most people are surprised when one shows his true nature at a point and you see them saying things like “I couldn’t believe that he/she would ever say that…” or “he/she was the nicest person/neighbour/etc I knew, how could he/she do something like that…” etc.
Freedom of Mind.
Of course there are many differences between people like religion, sex, skin colour, ethnicity, etc, but in order to really CREATE, one must set his mind absolutely FREE from such matters. Most people will try to convince you that absolute freedom is evil and that all sins derive from not following a certain rule or pattern, but I guess you just can’t please everyone. In other words, in this “moral” society which is full of lies, it’s better to be “immoral”. Being “good”, as conceived by most people, has many restrictions, while “evil” doesn’t. “Good” has rules and is restricted, “evil” is free. “Good” is full of certain patterns “evil” is creative. “Good” is a lie, “evil” is the truth. The only way to achieve Freedom of Mind is to destroy all lies, rules and patterns.
“The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanely sensitive. To them... a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death. Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create -- so that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, their very breath is cut off... They must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency they are not really alive unless they are creating.” - Pearl S. Buck
“Out for my own, out to be free, one with my mind, they just can’t see, no need to hear things that they say, life is for my own, to live my own way.”