Notes 1

  • Things that are hard are usually simple and things that are complex are usually easy. To decide to become an artist is a complex decision but very easily done. To maintain a career as an artist is a very simple job but very hard to do.

  • Empirically, there are no good nor bad things, there’s just “different”. Good and bad is a moral construct based on instinct. If you’re going through a strong transition, it’s your personal appreciation whether that transition is good or not, but most certainly that transition is disruptive or non disruptive.

  • Talent exists as a low resolution appreciation of a more complex group of characteristics that result in someone being “good” at something or “bad” if there’s lack of it. Is not that talent doesn’t exist. Is just poorly misused as an actual characteristic, rather than an abstract interpretation.

  • It’s more productive to be able to maintain a close communication with your instincts and impulses than fighting against them. Conscious an unconscious should be used together and in constant feedback of information as each provide something that the other doesn’t. Being able to “listen” to instincts has proven to be more productive than ignoring them.

  • The biggest lies are disguised with truth, but the ultimate lies are the ones that become true. Some of those are irrational beliefs and can become part of our own personality if not addressed.

  • Keep control of your own impulses or irrationalities with some attention or indulgence. Do not ignore them or try to eliminate them, as they’re part of you and giving attention to your unconscious is to be responsible with yourself. Control is not about maintaining an iron fist, but judging when to be severe and when to give in. Plasticity is of outmost importance.

  • Death is not an enemy, but a tool for evolution. To cope with the inevitable is of necessity to achieve peace and growth. Death is not a problem, for there’s no solution. All things that have no solution are not a problem.

  • Life isn’t long nor short. It’s the perfect length, to drive you to do something with it and to make you unaware of its end.

  • Do not let your desires and fantasies guide your reality, because most of us don’t know what we want. Listen attentively and judge your unconscious, but don’t let it be the one that drives you. Your consciousness is the driver, reality is true, the fantasy is a construct.

  • Recognize and identify discriminative stimulus to your impulses. Learn how to counter them and guide them into something productive. Do not eliminate them, but guide them into a different pattern with a matching or better reward system. It will be easier than to avoid them.