eternity versus ephemera

i used to be a pub musician, creating a very ephemeral art. a friend used to blow glass and sculpt to make objects lasting a long time, perhaps for eternity. but no more. now it’s pigments for printmaking–a medium highly susceptible to decay. i’ve taken up both blogging and fingerpainting, also susceptible to decay. as my friend suggests, perhaps eternity is overrated.

 

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is that what i’m doing when i meditate?

countering boredom. eisenstein writes in the ascent of humanity, ‘All the causes of boredom are permutations of the interior wound of separation. Aside from the impoverishment of our reality, we are uncomfortable doing nothing because of the relentless anxiety that dominates modern life. This in turn arises from the paradigm of competition that underlies our socioeconomic structures, which (as I will explain in Chapter Four) is written into our conception of self. Second, we desire constant stimulation and entertainment because in their absence, we are left alone with ourselves with nothing to distract us from the pain of the wound of separation. Finally, technology contributes directly to boredom by bombarding us with a constant barrage of intense stimuli, habituating our brains to a high level of stimulation. When it is removed, we suffer withdrawal. We are addicted to the artificial human realm we have created with technology.’