Epigraph for this edition: “Most things I worry about, never happen anyway.”
Or, equally well said.
Sometimes you forget that, like, good things are out there, are possible. That you can do more than the same grind. de Botton’s whole deal is, sort of, that good art - culture and philosophy, outlook - does this for you: reminds you about smiling and pulls the corners of your mouth lips gently up. I fall more often into the Toby Ferris school of thinking…which, by design, leave you confused, but just confused enough to shrug your shoulders and go, “well, I suppose I better get onto lunch.” Or, as us gruff Internet people would say: “cool story, bro.”
Anyhow, that’s all by way of saying, this is music from Louie Zong is wonderful.
“Incredible, a perfect stylistic fit. I love these little experiments you do, and this one was really a delight.” One comment says…and my mind goes down a tunnel of remembering fun and joy in life. Whether any of this is true, it gives you the chance to learn from the following story (this is a key mind-tool you learn from Ferris, esp. in his Brueghel book, one of my favorite books of all time): he sat down and though, “it’d be fun, even worthwhile, to make Nintendo game music in the style of Django, complete with the whole, like, atmosphere of scratchy records and tin-y audio. So. Let’s do that!”
In the case of Business, without getting too cynical about life, what you have is something that defuses the importance and stress of, well, business. In that weird half ironic/half “I’m gonna do the shit out of this and make it the perfect thing for what it is mode it operates in, you listen to it and think: oh, right, that mandatory physical safety and GDPR training I have to do is so silly! Hahahah. Business! Let’s kick back and click.
In most therapy I’ve had - and self-study from Western self-help books to Buddhist Lite stuff - there are always results you get to: (a) everything is actually OK, you just can’t see that, and, (b) you are the problem, you must change yourself.
Those notions are repulsive if stated so bluntly - as the kids put it now-a-days, it’s gas-lightning.
I mean, if I wanted a challenge, to work at something, I can just do that every day without trying: getting my kids to school, changing a poop diaper, remembering to be nice to the people in my life, and, eventually, doing something for myself. Also, there’s taxes to pay, and it’d be cool to plan a vacation before all the AirBnB’s with heated pools in northern Europe are taken. Oh, but wait, I also need to go and learn how to meditate so I can sit with the garbage voices in my head; or maybe I need to re-engineer my mental perspective to reframe the way I think about my life - have I read Atomic Habits yet, or whatever that TED talk about how babies respond to smiling versus frowning faces?
Or, put another way:
Yes, [the Buddha] did have at least one kid, who he left behind with his wife , when he went off into the jungle to meditate and seek enlightenment.(Bear in mind he may well have had more unofficial children as, being a prince, he most likely had a personal harem of women at his palace). It is said that when Buddha returned to his wife after his enlightenment, she asked him why he could not stayed behind in his palace and have attained enlightenment . He had no answer for that.
In contrast, good art addresses the core problem at hand: you’ve been suffering through an endless course of shit. Why not eat something that tastes good? That will probably cheer you up without you have to self-actualize, or whatever.
Or, the answer is simple: just go listen to some good music, have a meeting in the hall of fire, and you’ll be ready for a little bit more ready, maybe even happy for a couple of hours before you can go find some new art, get to sleep, or have a good meal.
I’m doing two webinars1 next week that you should check out:
Developer, DevOps, platform engineer, digital transformation executive…just looking for an excuse not to go into work…
These are all great reasons to attend SpringOne this year, December 6th to 8th in San Francisco. I’ll be there! I don’t remember which talk I’m giving, but it should be fun…for me! Hahrhahhhaaa…
Anyhow, I think about 40% of the content is now posted so you can check it out.
When you register - YOU MUST REGISTER! - use the code COTE200 to get $200 off.
If you don’t like the idea of a “webinar,” I don’t, man. How would you like the idea of “a talk that I like that I have to give my email address and some demographics for”? I mean: totally for free is cool, but we need to pay the bills, right? Just think of it as “self-invited only, exclusive talk”…? - On October 4th, at 10am BST, I’ll be a guest on the ITSM Crowd stream/podcast. This should be fun as it’ll go back to my 2000’s IT service management roots. ITILv3! BMC Software! Service Desk! We had a prep call to go over topics, but on this relaxing Sunday morning, I don’t really recall what we agreed on. I guess, check out the schedule listing if you’re interested. ↩