The Only Thing You Need to Get Good At .. remember rumble in the Bronx? here’s late night reading in the Bronx

 

Late night thinking in the Bronx:

http://www.raptitude.com/2017/03/only-thing-get-good-at/

The practice of Stoicism is new to me, but its central insight isn’t. Buddhism has an almost identical interpretation of the human condition: our lives are vastly harder than they need to be, but only because we grasp at more control than is actually available to us.

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/12/19/how-to-be-a-stoic

When I read that nobody should ever feel ashamed to be alone or to be in a crowd, I realized that I often felt ashamed of both of those things. Epictetus’ advice: when alone, “call it peace and liberty, and consider yourself the gods’ equal”; in a crowd, think of yourself as a guest at an enormous party, and celebrate the best you can.

http://classics.mit.edu/Epictetus/epicench.html

The Enchiridion

By Epictetus

Written 135 A.C.E.

Translated by Elizabeth Carter

1. Some things are in our control and others not. Things in our control are opinion, pursuit, desire, aversion, and, in a word, whatever are our own actions. Things not in our control are body, property, reputation, command, and, in one word, whatever are not our own actions.

 

 

and my favorite from Epictetus:

6. Don’t be prideful with any excellence that is not your own. If a horse should be prideful and say, ” I am handsome,” it would be supportable. But when you are prideful, and say, ” I have a handsome horse,” know that you are proud of what is, in fact, only the good of the horse. What, then, is your own? Only your reaction to the appearances of things. Thus, when you behave conformably to nature in reaction to how things appear, you will be proud with reason; for you will take pride in some good of your own.

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Ingredients of a Subway Car – Performance and Installation with Pen and Ink Drawings

Ingredients of a Subway Car - Performance and Installation with Pen and Ink Drawings by NYC based artist Mirena Rhee

Ingredients of a Subway Car – Performance and Installation with Pen and Ink Drawings, created over 4 hours with various objects of dubious character: apple peels, spinach, part of a juicer, toy cars, wood shavings, paint, ink, string, staple gun, carrots. includes painting with a belt, feet and an umbrella.

 

20 x 12  x 4 feet, 2017

Ingredients of a Subway Car - Performance and Installation with Pen and Ink Drawings by NYC based artist Mirena Rhee

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