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I have quite a few friends. With all of them I attempt to be unpretentious. With about five I really am. I like to think. Somehow I more often talk to people I barely know about philosophy, math etc than with those I would call my "friends". Why? Am I somehow less...me around my friends? are these people my friends at all?

Okay, I'll try to be more rational now, not asking so many questions. There are perhaps five people in my life who I would say know me well. No, that's wrong. There are a few dozen. Somehow I get the idea that unless I have been through something disturbing, bothersome, heartbreaking, or mildly frightening with you, I don't really know you. Of course, I am wrong (all too familiar words.). A lot of people I feel like I know them, I laugh with them, I talk with them, I love them, yet somehow...I don't know them as well as I'd like to. To me there seem to be two groups of friends: Those who can tell me they feel like crap, and those who will tell me their fine. The question is: Is the latter group a true friend? yes, I think so, but most certainly not as close a friend.

Okay, I've given up trying to be professional, mildly interesting to anyone else, or anything else that isn't me on this blog. I just like to talk, and if no one listens, that's fine with me. I just need to say what's in my head.

With different people I act different ways, I say different things, I even think in a different mode. The reason for this is that I don't want to say or do something that would be boring, uncomfortable, or mean to THAT person, whoever it might be. We all do this, to an extent. It's been said that when you're talking to a friend you're one way, but when another one of your friends enters, the entire dynamic changes. The question is though...if I am tailoring myself to you, to make you feel comfortable, and you are tailoring yourself to me...are either of us making each other comfortable? Man, that's a stupid question.

Okay, what I really want to say is that with some people I can be loud and obnoxious, with some people I'm quiet and more observant and more of a thinking person. Both are me, but I think I like the latter me better. Is that wrong?

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My opinion of art

Alright, I do not intend to actually claim to know what art is, or who get's to define that anyway. I merely want to say what I believe art is, and a couple of other things.

First, what is art? The way I see it art is the product of human creativity. Now, there are several things about this statement that I'll point out. One: it means that art is in the motivation of the creator. Two: Art can be nearly anything. This is hold to completely. What art is all depends on what the creator of the "art" wants it to be. People often confuse "art" with "good art". The point of art is to reveal something about human nature, or reality, or better yet to make us feel something. That does not mean that if does not do this it is not art, but it simply means that it is poor art. Under this definition of art, a broomstick on a pedestal can be art. I believe it can, I personally wouldn't call it good art, but that doesn't mean that it isn't good to someone else, or meaningful to someone else, it also doesn't mean it isn't art. My point is simply this: Art is not inherently a good thing, it is simply a way of humans expressing themselves. It can be well done, or poorly done.

Alright, now that you've listened to that, I think there's one other thing I'd like to mention. People take art too seriously. People seem to assume that unless something makes us feel deep emotion, or asks questions about the nature of XYZ, or is intensely beautiful it is not good. Why can't the point of some art be to make people feel happy? why can't the point of some art be to make people hate it? There is no satisfying conclusion to this post, because it doesn't have much of a point, except for me to get a few things out.

-JS

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Note to self #1

Whenever you are feeling stressed, J.S., make a list. Really. Do it. This afternoon (January first.) I was feeling clouded, and confused. But! I realized two things that I needed to get down on paper (A list in what order I was going to read several books, and work I needed to get done before a conference.) so, with my trusty moleskine, I wrote (with calming slowness) the two lists. After doing so, I honestly felt much better and was able to work, and write other things more easily.

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