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Creativity

Creativity brings the true self to the surface. It evokes the true self. I think that might be the symbology of the Al-addin’s magical genie. Not only is he stuck in a bottle for some thousand years, but then the bottle is in a deep underground cave. I need to go back and read it again, but it would be interesting to see what in Aladdin’s character evoked the adventure itself, and what about his character itself we could learn from to bring at least metaphorically speaking that same kind of magic into our own lives.
I remember Aladdin being pretty obstreperous but not in a greedy entitled kind of way. He had enough innocence and curiosity in him to let the adventure happen, to let it unfold. One can have too much cunning (and maybe that’s simply called cynicism) where you just don’t trust anyone enough, especially a stranger, to ever let any adventure happen. On the other hand, you can be such a fool that anything you attract out of the ordinary is at best going to be simply more foolishness. “The adventure you get is the one of that you are ready for,” Joseph Campbell. And that readiness has to do with your psychological character, a character made it seems of this perfect balance of “striving for” and “acceptance with.” Every hero seems to have that little magical balance in their character.

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The Message of Myth

The message of myth is this:
You as you know yourself are not the final term of your own being. 

The great way has no gate.
There are a thousand pathways to it.
He who crosses the threshold
walks the universe alone. 

Wu Wei

Art frees the spirit, but imprisons the psyche. Philosophy frees the psyche, but imprisons the spirit. 

What you want seems to come from a complete acceptance of what you don’t want. The story of “Gawain and Dame Ragnell” seems to exemplify that point to the utter bone. Gawain goes further than anyone would and then even a step further with no expectation and then it’s that utter, utter, utter acceptance, which I don’t how any human being can evoke in himself at will, that completely unlocks the door of bliss.

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The Mythology of the West

America is now the Wasteland that T.S. Elliott wrote so famously about in 1925. At that point he was talking about Europe (He had no sense that America even had a chance). Elliot thought, and had good reason, with folk like Picasso, Yeats, and Pound, that the INDIVIDUAL….

would reassert himself as the hero. The key contribution of the West, which is written in the DNA of the pagan religions of Europe, is that the individual (a metaphor for creativity) and not the group is the hero.

In the East the individual is less than nothing. In the Levant, the same. The Group is the hero. The “People” as they say in the Leviticus. In Pre-Christian Europe a far different animal emerges. It’s the cult of the individual. The cult of the Hero.

But I suspect even in America the soul is currently being and will have been taken out of the individual and in its place due to inability to resist the six temptations (Buddha: Pleasure, Pain, Duty…Christ: Wealth, Power, and Fame)….

And some rough beast a gaze as blank and pitiless as the sun is slouching toward Bethlehem to be born. And probably in the wake of the industrial age already is. We’re underwater and don’t even know it. We can’t breath and don’t even know it. Some part of us knows something’s wrong…

But we are vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle.

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The Answer

The answer is 
underground
where what sets
the soul on fire
is the treasure bound.
Maybe that also means
Prometheus found?
Without judgment there
gravity holds without effort.
A stone’s throw takes
some sweat
but not the descent.
We are it’s descendants.
We fall exactly
the same way.
Except there's a block
holding us
from the answer:
a willing surrender
to go down.

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How to Indent New Paragraphs and Line Breaks in TwentyEleven Theme.

From Dashboard go down to appearance>Customize>Additional CSS, and within that box put:


p {
text-indent: 2em;
margin: 0;
}

Ok, I cheated a little bit. There’s apparently no CSS for automatically creating indentions for the <br> so instead, since there is code for the p tag, what I did was search for code to eliminate the gap between Paragraphs.

I’m realizing now that this solution might not be optimal. Strike that. It’s not. Because when you are using the visual editor within WordPress its discombobulating and seems to screw up finding the + for creating a new paragraph.

But the code for the P is a gem. So for now just do it like so:


p {
  text-indent: 2em;
 } 

This will automatically indent all your new paragraphs, but not line breaks. Still it’s a great start and relief if you are using Twentyeleven and the lack of indention drives you crazy. I’ll keep searching for that other answer though. The above code is totally taken from this post on Lifewire.com. Give them all the credit.

It’s also cool to know that there is a sort of “in-built” on the fly version of child themes with Appearance>>Customize. Or at least I’m assuming it is. I would hate to think that if there was an update to Twentyeleven for example that those customizations would disappear. But at this point nothing would surprise me.

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Chuck Berry’s Influences

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdnFsSiUFjk

Came across this video tonight. Wasn’t going to click it—you know how it is with Youtube, after the algorithm gets to know you, everything that pops up is interesting, but you just don’t have enough time. Why did I finally decide to click it? I noticed the date. Nov. 4th, 1987, and I realized that was just a few days after one of the most epic nights of my life, playing a Halloween gig in my junior year at SMU for a big frat party down in Deep Ellum, and everything going so magically, fairy-tale like well. It was one of those nights, especially for a relative loser like me when you go “Finally my life has begun!” Well, again, enough about me. I’ll write more about it in blog posts, and there’s a big chunk of it in my novel (albeit with an avatar character) which I’ll publish pretty soon.
Instead let’s talk about Chuck Berry on Johnny Carson, two people I couldn’t think more of. I’ll write more about his music in the future, but what strikes me right off the bat is something just like Dylan, it’s the subtleties, the almost unnoticed accents and rhythmic “pulls and pushes” that are undefinable on a staff sheet, but that give this music, Rock and Roll itself, its life, its soul.
Also, I was thinking about Keith Richards whom I remembered made a fantastic concert movie the year before with Chuck, but which contained such confrontation between the two as to make you cringe. But during this performance you can see how Keith got his notorious “leg kick” as well as the signature holding the guitar almost vertically which is such an iconic pose. I can see why anyone, especially Keith, would idolize this man, and I really enjoyed him mentioning his influences, including Charlie Christian, whom I was aware of vaguely, but now allows me a deeper dive. Here’s the video with Carson, whom I love and so do every comedian. What a treat!