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ICON Seminar 6

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You were talking of the meaning… of our… life… of the unselfishness of art…

Dmitrij Golovanov

Last updated May 11, 2012

Take music, for instance.

Less than anything else, it is connected to reality, or if connected at all, it’s done mechanically, not by way of ideas, just by a sheer sound, devoid of… any associations.

And yet, music, as if by some miracle, gets through to our heart.

What is it that resonates in us in response to noise brought to harmony, making it the source of the greatest delight which stuns us and brings us together?

What’s all this needed for?

And most important, who needs it?

You would say,

“No one. And for no reason.” 


No. I don’t think so.

After all, everything has some sense.

Sense and reason.

Let everything that’s been planned come true. Let them believe. And let them have a laugh at their passions. Because what they call passion actually is not some emotional energy, but just the friction between their souls and the outside world. And most important, let them believe in themselves. Let them be helpless like children, because weakness is a great thing, and strength is nothing. When a man is just born, he is weak and flexible. When he dies, he is hard and insensitive. When a tree is growing, it’s tender and pliant. But when it’s dry and hard, it dies. Hardness and strength are death’s companions. Pliancy and weakness are expressions of the freshness of being. Because what has hardened will never win.



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