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3 things that are essential in life: something to look up to, something to look forward to, and someone to look at. Contentment is the fuel of a righteous progress. Hope is a reward for commitment, and commitment is the journey of consistency. Purpose to see, feel, hear and enjoy the despair and the beauty of your world along your way. Instruct your speech and guide your lips with kindness. Be keen to understand, quick to learn, able to remember; Be delicate to interpret and ready to speak.
If anything matters, then everything matters
How you do one thing, is How you do everything
One of the most powerful stories I have ever heard on the nature of the human heart is told by Malcolm Muggeridge. Working as a journalist in India, he left his residence one evening to go to a nearby river for a swim. As he entered the water, across the river he saw an Indian woman from the nearby village who had come to have her bath. Muggeridge impulsively felt the allurement of the moment, and temptation stormed into his mind. He had lived with this kind of struggle for years but had somehow fought it off in honor of his commitment to his wife, Kitty. On this occasion, however, he wondered if he could cross the line of marital fidelity. He struggled just for a moment and then swam furiously toward the woman, literally trying to outdistance his conscience. His mind fed him the fantasy that stolen waters would be sweet, and he swam the harder for it. Now he was just two or three feet away from her, and as he emerged from the water, any emotion that may have gripped him paled into insignificance when compared with the devastation that shattered him as he looked at her.
“She was old and hideous…and her skin was wrinkled and, worst of all, she was a leper….This creature grinned at me, showing a toothless mask.” The experience left Muggeridge trembling and muttering under his breath, “What a dirty lecherous woman!” But then the rude shock of it dawned upon him—it was not the woman who was lecherous; it was his own heart.
Do what think is right, not what you feel is right;
Say what you mean, and mean what you say;
If you start alone, be sure to finish alone;
Incline more to be nonchalant, and less meddlesome;
Be candid, reflective, conscious, and visionary;
Hope for the best, but expect the worst;
Remember, to be is to be perceived;
Love yourself, be unselfish, and promote cohesiveness;
Is Da Vinci a plagiarist? Is Andy Warhol? Is Steve Jobs?
How do you take “the greatest story ever told” – a story around thousands of years and has been painted 100s of times, and make it your own?
Answer: Idea sex!
The most famous rendition is Da Vinci’s “The Last Supper. ”
Da Vinci was an amateur forensic doctor. He would cut up dead bodies to study, in great detail, all of the musculature, the bone structure, etc.
A “Last Supper” painting from the 13th century (see one of the attached images, “supper1”) was mostly two dimensional.
With no talking and no emotions on the faces despite the intensity of the dinner.
An intensity that has made it “the greatest story ever told” for 2000 years.
Da Vinci’s studies of human biology + his constant sketches of people talking in the street + “the greatest story ever told” = one of the most famous paintings in history.
And was Da Vinci’s concept original? Of course not! The story was already 1400 years old and had been painted hundreds of times.
Da Vinci made it his own. It became 100% original with his mastery of idea sex.
Steve Jobs didn’t invent the phone. The “genre” of the phone had existed for a century. The iPhone is a “phone” in every way.
He didn’t invent the MP3 player either. But he combined ideas, moved the genre forward and created his own micro-category which became THE category of smart phones.
And “The Last Supper” didn’t stop with Da Vinci.
Every industry and art form is the product of thousands of generations of idea sex. Every single one.
Check out the images attached to this post.
A) Dali’s surreal take:
Da Vinci tried to be as realistic as possible.
Dali combined surrealism with “The Last Supper”. The transparent, ambisexual blonde Jesus, The ghostlike body floating above. The disciples backs facing us (not done before in prior paintings).
B ) Fast forward to Andy Warhol: Da Vinci’s painting + the Warhol-style silk screening of it he made famous in his portraits of Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley.
Pop Art + The Last Supper = multi-million dollar painting.
Fast forward to one of my favorite TV shows, Battlestar Galactica and their marketing poster based on The Last Supper.
C) Battlestar Galactica:
A poster for Battlestar Galactica (see attached) is:
the battle between possibly semi-divine Cylons and humans (with a Judas) + Da Vinci’s exact representation = beautiful marketing poster. A work of art.
The OLD is thousands of years of story, of emotional conditioning, of wars, of sickness, of “rules” to help us conform.
The NEW, is you and the pleasure and thoughts and excitements that are uniquely you. What makes YOU happy?
It’s a party in your brain!
Do it with art. Do it with business. Do it for fun. Do it for love.
Take an idea from 100 years ago. From yesterday. From 1000 years ago. From your friend.
Tell a story around it in modern terms. Make it uniquely yours.
You can even make it a joke.
News article #1: a mother thrown out of Disney World because she was choking her child.
News article 2: United Airlines beating a passenger up.
1 + 2 = A mother was thrown out of DisneyWorld today for choking her son. Everything turned out ok, though. United hired her the next day.
Ok, not quite Louis CK but I’m practicing. Maybe one day I’ll be original.
P.S. Oh! I love this one.
Another great example of “idea sex” from Battlestar Galactica:
Jimi Hendrix’s “All Along the Watchtower” (written by an obscure songwriter named Bob Dylan and then Hendrix-ized) re-written and performed (and made totally original) by Bear McCreary for the show.
So beautiful. Please google it.
Seeing only the top of the pyramid of a work of art, or a business, or an invention, or an idea, misses the beauty of the entire pyramid.
What are some other cool examples?
[ Related Reading: How To Make Millions With Idea Sex ]
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