I feel like I am interested in emotional health, but most people are not…




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  1. Jear77 12 months ago

    Art. I mean people visit the museum and all, but the average time spent on each piece? 3 seconds. And that’s actually being generous. Their eyes go over the art not *really* seeing the details, not understanding what it is they’re looking at, nor thinking about how it was made.

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    • griz 12 months ago

      @Jear77
      To be fair there is considerable outlay of effort and resource beyond just a generous 3 seconds with each piece. Consider the decision and effort to get there, the financial support (by whatever means) that buys the art, maintains the building, keeps the lights and power on, pays your wage.

      Just being there is perhaps “an A for effort”.
      And if 1:1000 actually get more out of it, the cost has probably been worth it.

      (But there’s also the prospect that some of the art might just not be that good and only deserving of 3 seconds!)

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      • Jear77 12 months ago

        @griz there may be effort to get there, but there are people who take the time, find parking (or use the valet service) and stay 30 min, a half hour or an hour. That’s inexcusable. We have world famous art. Picasso. Monet. Goya. We have an awesome collection of arms and armor. Currently, we have a room that has 9.5 hours of prayers fromm 200+ different faiths (both Christian and non, both English and foreign languages), playing simultaneously. Some prayers are sung/ chanted, others are simply reading/ reciting of scripture. Still others are heartfelt prayers from the heart. When one prayer ends, another one begins
        Some prayers are 30 seconds, while others are 20 minutes long. Visitors are encouraged to remove their shoes and walk on the prayer rug. That alone is worth a half hour (pr more) of one’s time.

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      • griz 12 months ago

        @Jear77
        I think that is exactly so. Consider a very different example of a trampoline park.

        Someone comes in performs in Endless array of flips ans layouts with meticulous skill. Someone else comes and just flops around like a fish. Some are motivated to improve their skills; and others are there just to try something different or fun.

        So who is the facility there for?

        BTW, it sounds like you work at an excellent Museum. Perhaps something worth exploring if I’m ever on a layover in Chicago area.
        (Do they have tractor trailer parking?! Lol)

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      • Jear77 12 months ago

        @griz i’m going to take the position of a snob here: if you can’t take the time to enjoy it, understand it, ponder its meaning… don’t bother.

        In regards to your question, i’m sure you can find parking somewhere for your rig. But seeing as it’s Chicago, you’ll end up paying a premium.

        Just as a heads up, most of the current special exhibits stop jan 6th or 7th, except the prayer room, which stops Dec 31st. That’s one of the simultaneous advantages and disadvantages of working at the museum. What’s here today can be gone tomorrow.

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      • griz 12 months ago

        @Jear77
        Then how does one come to a position of enjoying it, understanding it, pondering it? Does it just fall out of a clear blue sky?
        Or was there perhaps a time when these people just breezed through spending just a few moments or seconds on each piece?

        Competency in practically anything, follows a learning-curve and needs to be developed over time.

        If parking is ludicrous for a car, multiply that by between 5-10x for a rig!

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      • Jear77 12 months ago

        @griz there are places… yards for trucks. They’re in the industrial sections of the city. Remember that Chicago is at the crossroads for train traffic for the entire continental United States. you’d have to speak with the management of them to find out what their rules are…

        In regards to breezing through.. why waste your time and money? The average trip dor a family of 4 costs at least $100+! If it’s free (Thursday nights 5-8 for Illinois residents) and you’re on public transportation, ok.

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      Scarlett 12 months ago

      @Jear77 why do you think art is so under-valued in the society? Or is it possible some of us are simply art snobs, while others think that zombie tv shows are their arts?

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      • Jear77 12 months ago

        @Scarlett i think it’s because we aren’t into that as a society anymore, otherwise we’d be producing more Shakespeares, Michelangelos, Leonardo,or Davis ((biblical fame). And maybe we think we’re beyond the need for such things. We have bigger problems than producing high quality, world class art.

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      • griz 12 months ago

        @Scarlett
        I heard something interesting about this today. Good art is good because it showcases some aspect of beauty and or perfection. And that can highlight aspects of ourselves that are not beautiful or perfect, things that need some work.
        And that can be intimidating, in the same way a perfectly beautiful woman can be intimidating.

        And then there’s the art that’s designed to make you think. And if one is not used to exercising this ability, something that forces it can be as scary as trying to dry-crank a rusty old diesel engine!

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  2. five2one 12 months ago

    I had a dream tonight where I climbed back up to the top of the structure of the last level, and the last structure, of the last secret addon to the world’s most popular game.

    There have been 2 secret addons to the world’s most popular game. My friends and I have played them both, these past… 80 years. But, nobody else even knows they exist. And there is no way to tell them.

    Without these 2 secret addons, they are in trouble. Because what they think is day… is night.

    The first addon, like the main game, was done in plain sight.

    But, this second and last one, was in night.

    It could only be found in the first addon, which no one would ever find.

    So… you could say, strange things have interested me. Strange, but great things.

    The irony of it. If you can see the night, you see the daylight. But, if you think night is day? You won’t and can’t see the daylight, at all.

    ‘Something sweet, from the strong’.

    I suppose, then, I like codes. That only my friends can sing along.

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      Scarlett 12 months ago

      @five2one some people really get into them. I myself am not one of those people, but if someone else enjoys it, I say go for it!

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      • five2one 12 months ago

        @Scarlett Code, i am a poet, and see life as poetry, and everyone as poets. It is all in poetry if you look at the inner person.

        Poetry is the best way to see and express deeper beauty and truth.

        This is simply what I mean by ‘code’.

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  3. griz 12 months ago

    Probably greater Truth.

    About everything I’m exposed to.
    At least to the extent that is currently possible without driving oneself crazy!

    Then this plays into philosophy, psychology, spiritual pursuit, artistic pursuit, career, fellowship . . . literally everything.

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      Scarlett 12 months ago

      @griz Sounds like a noble pursuit. Is it possible to take anything for absolute truth, or will you always keep your mind open that greater truth is out there?

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      • griz 12 months ago

        @Scarlett
        An excellent question!

        My current thought is that the presumption one has achieved absolute truth is what causes any belief-system (deistic or secular) to become rigid, dogmatic, ossified, ripe for corruption, and unable to change.
        And because we should be always learning, we need to be able change.

        Now to be fair, we need some degree of order, and the more rigid (unchanging) the more we seem to take comfort in the predictability of it. But if we don’t keep an eye on them, they become dogmatic and dead.

        For me currently, “God” (or the God-Concept if people prefer) is the “placeholder” for Absolute Truth. Until I am one with “whatever” this ultimate perfection is, I should keep my mind open and my quest active.

        To close it down is to say in some sense that “I have arrived” (become as unto God) . . . and in the Judeo-Christian narrative, this is where everything spun sideways when a mere creation (Satan) proclaimed this.

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  4. immortal_pirate 12 months ago

    Communicating with my cat.

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      Scarlett 12 months ago

      @immortal_pirate what is the most interesting thing the cat has communicated?

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      • griz 12 months ago

        @Scarlett
        With my mom’s cats it’s “I am your Queen. Serve me!”.

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    • griz 12 months ago

      @immortal_pirate
      Doesn’t that involve a lot of pussy-footing around?

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    • ladybarbara 12 months ago

      @immortal_pirate That cat —-Quinn —- is devoted to you and throws temper tantrums when you walk out the front door and he cannot be with you. When you went to New York, the cat sat on your bed pillow and cried with big howls. Tears were rolling down his cheeks. He spent that week roaming through the house crying. He grieved the whole time you were gone. Then, when you came home, he ignored you!!! Last week, when you coughed and choked coughing, he jumped on the table wanting to help you, but what can a cat do??? He sits on a pillow next to your pillow and watches you as you sleep. He is happiest in your lap.

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