All posts tagged: EJ Liederstein

On the multiplicity of languages…

Languages are fascinating systems… Puzzles, really… With a language, one begins to think in concrete steps. Steps that can be transferred to another person, with more or less complete understanding. We can now begin to explore… ourselves and our environment. We can begin our quest for understanding, and truth. Without a language… well…

Intimacy…

The art of Music is one of intimacy. Nothing more… nothing less… It is two or more people agreeing to bare their souls… to go where the Music would have them go, regardless of the space they might be individually inhabiting at the moment. Music is the willingness to open yourself to the vagaries of the unknown. It’s the exploration of humanity, by those who are willing to do their searching publicly. It’s the reaching into and touching of a place where only the rare few ever find their way. It is me… allowing you… in. I can count on one hand the people, including musicians, who’ve personally touched me there.

Questions…

What is the cost of being a good person, in a society which pays a tepid lip service to “good”? A society which may even consider itself “good” in its own eyes; but is in fact deeply corrupted? What does it cost someone to try and live to a higher standard? Who am I to judge?

Illumination…

You cannot receive a personalized, custom-fit illumination from, or for, another. General outlines…? Certainly. A system by which you may begin to explore the universe…? Absolutely! But a one-size fits-all suit of armor, that is nonetheless tailored for your comfort? I have yet to see such an article of clothing… Or the tailor worth his salt who would claim to be able to fashion such an item. It’s only by the graces of the light before us all that we’re able to find our way. You are going to have to work it out for yourself… The problem is in perhaps needing to go where there’s no readily perceivable light to guide you. By the very conditions of the scenario, there can be no one before you to show the way. Then what is the point of all the systems ever created, since time immemorial…? The best any one individual can do is allow their own light to shine upon the path they travel. To allow you to see the trail that they, alone, have blazed into the wilderness. The worst they can …

Questions…

There have always been, and will always be those who question what they are told. It’s a fundamental truth of what it means to be human. But somehow we never get around to questioning the underlying assumptions behind those core beliefs, that so many of us take for granted. “I don’t believe what this version of the government says about the economy; because I don’t like this government. I didn’t vote for them.”