Empty Days

Thursday, October 23, 2003

Artist and success

Watched an interview with Woody Allen where he humbly explains where his films come from. Luckily it was not so much about film-making as about his personal philosophy of life. A treat, actually.

One of the things he made quite plain is that success is not an idol but a law of nature - there is really no point in trying to escape its grip. Avoiding success leads to failure. Failure leads to death, whichever way you take it. That simple.

And I can't disagree. Artist in the attic is a myth, a *bad dream*.

Another vital point which I found extremely Jewish and well-founded: the role of chance, luck, the arbitrary and the unjust. Life is fundamentally absurd, we all know that. So why even try? Well, just showing up for the show, trying your luck, all there is to it really. If you don't *happen* to have it in you (Nike, haha), then just push off, dude.

A whole new look at self-discovery.





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