Think about how things will look retrospectively if you actually put in the time to make something visually beautiful as well as functionally sound. We only ever look back at the things that looked and performed fantastically, and cherish those particular things with heaps of nostalgia and warm hearts. We never look back at the ugly, embarrassing things that made lots of money in the same way. This might seem irrelevant, but listen up – these days heaps of money is made by harnessing that retro-active nostalgia and reaping what you can from that. More than ever we are focusing on remakes, reboots, retro-fashion, older sounding records, aging our photographs, and 80s-looking video game pixelated aesthetics.
There’s no denying that there is money in making things built to last, making things a canonical representation of the visual style of the era you’re living in and making people feel respected by giving them the finest. People want to love their past, they want to look back at previous decades with a smile, they want to relive that in every way they can and they’ll buy it.
It all comes full circle ultimately.
Everything from the look of a video game to the look of a bus-stop is relevant to people’s daily experience of the world. If you give people one moment to think you don’t care about them and that you’re not offering them in some capacity the best of what life has to offer, then you’re responsible for the slow, aching decline of civilization.
In New York City you are free. There is always more. There is always something available. You can be comforted that you are not so unique that someone down the street hasn’t already experienced the discomfort you have. This is not true in a small town.
When people speak of the acceptance and opportunity here in the United States, they are really talking about New York.
“First, the current world population makes up approximately 7 per cent of all the human beings who have ever lived. The dead outnumber the living, in other words. fourteen to one, and we ignore the accumulated experience of such a huge majority of mankind at our own peril. Second, the past is our only reliable source of knowledge about the fleeting present and to the multiple futures that lie before us, only one of which will actually happen. History is not just how we study the past; it is how we study time itself.”—Niall Ferguson Civilization:The West and the Rest
I make movies. It’s a lot of work and not a lot of pay. That doesn’t bother me unless I’m working on a project, mine or someone else’s, and I think to myself “this movie doesn’t matter because what it’s saying doesn’t matter.”
The essence of “matter” is beauty. I don’t mean that aesthetically. I’m alluding to a sincere reverence of everyday activities. The sun rising. Breathing. Digesting food. If we all had that simple perspective, the world would be a better place.
So I would say that the veneration of beauty, reminding myself and others to slow down and take it all in, is what I’m passionate about. It’s really all we have to hold on to in any given moment.
“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people.”—Steve Jobs (via yourpalmal)
I feel bad for people whose minds only have two states: racing and distracted. Maybe these people don’t ever need to feel like they are in the moment - a moment that simply consists of one breath or one heartbeat and nothing more. I see so many individuals trying to control so many things that they cannot that I find it difficult to believe. The frustration is endless.
As long as we have this body, we are fortunate enough to be able to use it. It should not be used to simply exercise the desires of our mind but to tame them. The soul of mind is endless. It lives everywhere. The body can only live in the moment and that is where we are forced to be if want to be happy.
“The allotted function of art is not, as is often assumed, to put across ideas, to propagate thoughts, to serve as example. The aim of art is to prepare a person for death, to plough and harrow his soul, rendering it capable of turning to good.”—~ Andrei Tarkovsky (via River Like a Hole)