Thursday, May 01, 2008

John Cage-ism

"In Zen, it is said, if something is boring after two minutes, try it for four. If still boring, then eight. Then sixteen. Then thirty-two. Eventually one discovers that it is not boring at all."
(Source: Wikiquote, via a comment on BoingBoing)

15 comments:

lekhni said...

It is not boring any longer because the mind has already gone numb.

One Trick Pony said...

So what you're saying is "guys, don't go away! keep reading! eventually you'll love my blog! seriously! zen says so!"


(couldn't resist)

km said...

lekhni: lol, but it would be awfully unZenlike for me to say, "maybe that's true" :)

OTP: Oye, meri insult ka mazaak kar rahi hai?

Phantasmagoria said...

Clearly the person doesn't do dishes or laundry. Or cook. Rubbish people.

Space Bar said...

i recommend yo u instantly go watch tsai's films. not that it's a good place to start, because it's the end of a film, but there's the clip from one film on my blog just now (yes, terrible plug, i know, i know.)

Szerelem said...

drat Lekhni beat me to it. But seriously these people obviously don't know how mund numbingly dull some things are.

??! said...

the mind has already gone numb
Or you're dead.

Phanty:
Or eat. Like, that's the crucial point baba.

GhostOfTomJoad said...

Don Juan and Camus would've been thrilled with this theory! :-)

??! said...

"zen says so!"
I actually have a friend named Zen. And he'd NEVER say anything like this, because he's all impatience. Puppy (if you're reading this), now that's ironic.

km said...

Space bar: Ming-liang? I will check out the clip. (And plug away all that you want. No problem.)

PH: I don't know, I find all those tasks fascinating. *So* fascinating that it feels selfish to do it all by myself.

ghost: If Don Juan did something for 32 minutes that involved no women, would it still be interesting?

??!: A friend named ZEN? You sure you are not confusing a car for a friend?

??! said...

unkelji:
Hurting you are. Giving credit.

...it was really funny when he bought a Zen, though. Lots of bad puns there.

km said...

??!: I bet there were a lot of puns. And a ton of "Zen and the art of [...]" jokes.

Puppy Manohar said...

Dear ??!,

That would be Baby V. I had nothing to do with the irony post. Please don't mix us up.

Thanks,

Puppy Manohar

Phantasmagoria said...

Hehehe. That explains how I got stuck with all that joy. (How be you?)

??! said...

Dear Puppy,

My humblest apologies. Never shall the twain be cross-identified again.

Yours abasingly,
??!