I thought maybe I misunderstood the Maslow concept of self-actualization, but after a little reading I think maybe not. I think I was first introduced to it by an engineer type person who sang in one of my choirs. He pointed out that engineers tend to be self-actualizers and that was the type of person who would motivate themselves to volunteer and be in a choir and spend time learning music and improving themselves.
A little reading and thinking led me to see that Maslow is simply articulating a basic wisdom, that first one must have one’s more basic needs addressed before one can pursue others. Sounds like common sense to me.
Spent a good deal of time yesterday going from thrift shop to thrift shop buying bowls and serving utensils for my niece’s wedding on Saturday.
She is using all thrift shop stuff to serve her guests on.
I also purchased pasta and some of those large foil serving trays. My plan is to have the pesto all ready to drop off and have her friends serve it room temp. Then all the stuff can either be discarded, kept or sent back to thrift shops with the rest of the stuff she has. But none of it needs to be returned to me.
A few links from yesterday:
This article describes how ballet dancers are emulating symphonic players and trying to connect more directly with their audiences via pre-concert chats and more humanized public relations. Very interesting to me. I like that concert etiquette is breaking down a bit, so that the artificiality of the ivory tower and inaccessible approach to great music is eroded. I think that the etiquette puts off Americans a bit and distances them from stuff they might like. On the other hand, I am attracted to the stiff traditional world of ballet class etiquette.
One of the dance teachers addressed this directly recently with the students, pointing out the etiquette between the sexes (essentially sexist… boy dancers always go last and help carry out the dance equipment). This etiquette she said is something that is important in dance, but does not extend to her daily life in which she is more egalitarian.
This article fascinated me because it discusses minimalism in art and doesn’t mention the concept in music. At the same time it concludes with a quote from Chopin: “After one has played a vast quantity of notes…it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art.”
Finally, this little disheartening article about people who oppose leaving water in the desert for illegal immigrants. I find the whole argument against illegal immigrants very disturbing. It reminds me so much of blaming those who are deprived for their deprivation. Not to mention empowering the mad concept of the “state” as a defining aspect of reality. Borders between countries seem to me to be imaginary lines thought up by humans at their worst. You step over a line and now you are in jail or worse.
The philosophical basis for nations and states is eroding as we discover we are all trapped in the same little fishbowl called earth. The incredible riches and privileges we have living in the United States and other “developed” countries are not only provided at the expense of other people in the world (what we have they do not, our pollution has poisoned the earth’s atmosphere for everyone). It also seems to have created a weird sense of entitlement that people who live in the USA should have infrastructure like roads and education without being taxed for it. Not to mentioning the hardening of hearts that says that poverty and ignorance are the fault of those who suffer from them.