cross-posted from my Tumblr blog: ferdifz.tumblr.com via IFTTT.
Originally posted on April 30, 2017 at 06:02PM. [Tumblr direct link]
Human beings are messy. One cannot change the nature of the summation of all of humanity.
To deal with the messiness one needs to be more loving, more empathetic, more forgiving. The way I see it its the most effective way to mitigate your pain and their pain.
Failing that, an option is to extricate yourself from all human communication.
If you have your own solutions, as alternatives, use that.
I think I want to sleep all the time because everything I really want to do I’m not supposed to do, or there’s something else that I should be doing instead, and so I wind up feeling like I don’t want to do anything and so I sleep…
“Seriously, the Guy Has a Point” — a blog post on the statues “Fearless Girl” vs. “Charging Bull” at Wall Street, New York City.
I got a link to said blog post over at Mastodon, attached with the comment:
I can see the guy’s point here, too. The artist of ‘Charging Bull’ has had the entire concept of his piece changed. I mean, you could also make the point that ‘a celebration of the power of the American people’ might also acknowledge those who get trampled under the hooves of progress…
I responded: I like the “guerilla capitalist art” part…
Replied: Yeah, isn’t ‘guerilla’ supposed to be the underdog tactic against the behemoth, though?
My comment: Yes of course guerilla is supposed to be the underdog tactic against the behemoth; but just as applicable, guerrilla is also the “anti-establishment” tactic against the “establishment”, for whatever values of “establishment” or “anti-establishment”…
[The establishment could be capitalist, the establishment could be communist, the establishment could be corporatist, the establishment could be populist, the establishment could be theocratic, the establishment could be technocratic… and so on and so forth…] [imho]
Either way though I personally approve of the Art World having this discussion. It opens up & exposes different points of view. We need more of that I think…
/ Link to original thread at Mastodon, April 2017.
/ Originally posted on April 20, 2017 at 08:00PM. [Tumblr direct link]
This is one of my favorite pages from my upcoming book, The Shape of Ideas. I drew it as a student searching for a balance between
my passion for cartooning, my personal life, and my chosen career of dentistry. Four years later, I have rewarding work as an orthodontist, a young family, and I’m celebrating the publication of my first book.
I’ve come to believe that the answer to the final panel is YES.
The book is available here: http://amzn.to/2osPW68
And be sure to download a complimentary poster of “Play Each Day Like Jazz” after you pre-order: http://ift.tt/2nKlPUR
Building good communities is more important then enforcing rules
Helping someone understand why rules exist is more important then telling them what the rules are
You don’t have to build your communities like you’re a company. You can just TALK to people.
DO be explicit about your community norms. DO use your moderation tools to enforce them where necessary. But for the love of god, don’t mistake rules lawyering for an actual community.
— from @email@example.com on Mastodon. Cross-posting to Tumblr for safekeeping…
do you guys ever get to that point where hobbies are literally stressful? like people are like “oh youre depressed and/or anxious? just do something you love!” but literally doing the things you actually do still like doing stresses you out because you don’t know if you’re doing them often enough or right enough or if you’re having enough fun doing them
Have I never had a hobby like this? Oh yes, yes I have, no doubt.
Would I pursue it again? Oh I’d love to. If I could ever find the strength & capacity again.