We often think of loneliness and violence as such different things.
Like beauty and terror. Like fire and ice. Like light and darkness.
But loneliness and violence are one and the same thing.
Violence is but a visceral reaction against the fear of annihilation. The fear that we have lived in vain.
The fear that no one will remember us when we are finally dead and gone.
Think September 11th. Think Boston bombings.
Think murder. Think loneliness.
We are alone. We are together.
We are all alone together.
I am revisiting some of rainer maria rilke poems on my birthday. I love this bit in “Book of The Hours”
“I am circling around God, around the ancient tower, and I have been circling for a thousand years, and I still don’t know if I am a falcon, or a storm, or a great song.”
I did not realize up till now how beautiful it is not to know if I am a falcon, or a storm or a great song.
I have never been big on celebrating birthdays.
This year, to sit still, with all the moments of heartbreaks and triumphs across the years and be at peace with them all, seems to be as good as celebration ever gets.
A toast to Life.
I recently became fascinated with the idea of daily routines, habits that enable us to overcome the mundane to do what is essential.
I have always loved the Chinese phrase “天天” which means daily or day after day.
For me, creativity is not rocket science. It has more to do with the ability to keep plugging at something day in and day out, even when the end of the tunnel is nowhere in sight.
Lo and behold, I found a blog that documents the daily routines of great artists and writers.
My favorite entry? The one on Roald Dahl :
“Settled into a writing career, he lived on a farm where he raised livestock and bred greyhounds. His routine was to write from 10 A.M. until noon, spend the afternoon tending his animals and return to his writing again from 4 to 6 P.M.
His writing was far from effortless. He commonly spent six months working on a single short story.”
There must be something about the zen of tending his animals every afternoon that has put fire into Roald Dahl’s creativity. What a beguiling anecdote about one of the great writers of our time.
大众DV杂志和佳能Canon邀请我在这个星期五做一个讲座，主题为《 如何制作. 怎样传播：网络纪元的机遇》，欢迎出席。
- 人物原型： 如何挖掘可以传播全球的故事
I came across this recently in one of Fred Wilson‘s presentations on the future web trends :
Six Words to Live By on the Internet:
Global, Social, Open, Mobile, Playful, Intelligent
And number seven would be Instantaneous
I especially like the word ‘playful.’
I like to think of the web as virtual sandbox for play, invention and innovation.
I am not a big fan of internet shows but here is one that is brilliantly executed : Black Cab Sessions.
The idea is simple: film unplugged sessions with bands by taking them on a London cab ride.
The result: a breathtaking sense of intimacy as you listen in as the musicians do their thing while they cruise the streets of London.