Written By Ryan Fu @fu_beatz
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PHOTO CREDIT: BRIAN LINDENSMITH/ ALL ACCESS PHOTOS
The Lego Movie
Philosophy 101 (Just Believe)
I watched The Lego Movie over the weekend, expecting just another silly but funny stop motion/ computer generated animated film. But what I didn’t expect was to be engaged mentally and spiritually. It had plenty of jokes and puns, but the Lego movie also a lot of philosophical ideas. For example, the movie showed common archetypes like The Hero, The Lover, The Creator, etc. The movie challenges you to think about what you perceive to be normal. The film shows a lot of similarities on how people live their lives by the way they perceive themselves. The movie asks the question, everyone should ask themselves. Who am I?
Our anti-hero, Emmet, voiced by Chris Pratt, a very ordinary construction worker with no special qualities, goes throughout life by every last detail of the instructions, as do his fellow workers. I say anti-hero because in the first part of the story he does not want to be the hero. He does not want to stand out and be the man. He wants just to blend in and follow the crowd. Does this sound familiar?
In the Four Cardinal orientations, Emmet would be categorized in Social and Order. Emmet needs to be liked by everyone because he thinks this is the way it is. The same way he needs to follow instructions for everything he does in life. He is not living his own life. He is living life not to his own ideals, but for someone else’s ideals. He wants be told what to do because in his mind he is only a worker and that’s all he is.
The antagonist film is Lord Business, voiced by Will Ferrell, an uptight CEO who has a hard time balancing world domination with micro-managing his own life. The similarities with Emmet and Lord Business would be they both want to be loved and be perceived as good. There differences would be Lord Business actually knows who he is and what he wants. Or he thinks he knows who he is because he feels like since I created this world, I should be the one who controls it. You can say Lord Business has a God complex, wanting to control every aspect of people’s lives by what they read, what they watch and what the believe.
In the Four Cardinal orientations, Lord Business would be categorized in Ego and Order. His archetype would be the creator and the ruler. Since he is the creator, he should be ruling. The Ruler’s motto is “Power isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.” He believes the only way to have a perfect world, is for people to not create or build things because it messes up his creations. He wants everything to say the same. He hates change. Does this sound familiar?
But with the help of many Lego heroes in the movie like Batman, Wildstyle, Vitruvius, etc. Emmet starts to realize he could be potentially something more then an ordinary construction worker. People constantly tell him he is much more then what he thinks he is. Emmet begins to question, who he really is? Can be a master builder and save the day?
In the Myth of Sisyphus, a philosophical essay by Albert Camus, Camus talks about the absurdity of life. He questions how should the absurd man live? In the essay, Sisyphus is doomed in hell for an eternity rolling a rock up a hill then rolls it down and repeats the process again and again. Camus presents Sisyphus’s ceaseless and pointless toil as a metaphor for modern lives spent working at futile jobs in factories and offices. “The workman of today works every day in his life at the same tasks, and this fate is no less absurd. But it is tragic only at the rare moments when it becomes conscious.” This is the truly tragic moment, when the hero becomes conscious of his wretched condition. He does not have hope, but “there is no fate that cannot be surmounted by scorn.” Acknowledging the truth will conquer it; Sisyphus, just like the absurd man, keeps pushing.
Once Emmet realizes he was living a life of absurdity and pointlessness, he begins to see what he can be. He begins to question everything. Great philosopher, Socrates believe that you need to consistently ask yourself who you are, to better yourself. He believed that it is by realizing how little we know that we can eventually gain true knowledge, since preconceived untrue beliefs make it difficult to find the truth.
I don’t want to give out huge spoilers here but here is the part of the movie that was thought provoking. If someone gave you an idea about yourself and you became that idea, then afterwards you found out the idea was a lie, would you stop being that idea?
If you told you could be the next President because I gave you a magic pen, then in the process of being the next President, I told you the pen wasn’t magical at all. You stop trying to the next President? Of course, not! You realized it’s all about what you believe. Whether you are trying to be the next Barack Obama, Lebron James, Bruce Lee, an 80′s Astronaut or whatever you aspire to be, you have to BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!!!
You hold the keys to your success; start building the future you want because you’re a Master Builder!
I’ll bet there are a lot of artists that nobody hears about who just make more money than anybody. The people that do all the sculptures and paintings for big building construction. We never hear about them, but they make more money than anybody. – Andy Warhol
How do you make money as an artist? Many people who aren’t artists wonder this, and many seasoned artists wonder the same thing! Of course artists know that to make money, you must sell work. But there other methods of making money that you may not be aware of.
Commercial galleries typically sell artists’ works at a commission. The typical commission that galleries take is somewhere between 40% and 50% of the sale of the work. This is determined by the contract. Whether you submit your work for sale by consignment or enter into an ongoing relationship with a gallery, the parameters should all be written down in a contract. We have put together two guides for you.
Nonprofit galleries typically show work that is young, edgier, and cutting edge. Depending on the gallery, they will take a commission – usually not more than 30%. Nonprofit galleries typically do not “represent” artists or enter into contractual relationships with them.
Many artists sell their work out of their studio by arranged visits or open studios arranged with other artists. If you are represented by a gallery, that agreement may extend to “studio sales” or all sales of your work. If you do not have a formal relationship with a gallery, you obviously retain 100% of the sale.
Artists will do work on a commission basis. If collectors want a personalized work of art like a portrait, they will commission an artist. The artist sets the price and usually asks for a percentage of the price up front.
If you have a formal relationship with a gallery, they will likely take a cut of any commissioned work that they bring to you. Terms of commissions will be stated in your contract. Artists who do a lot of commission work have been interviewed to give you.
Artists are commissioned for public art usually in connection with a new building or construction project. Many states have a law that specifies that 1% of the total building cost go to art for the building. Usually state and city art groups have the latest information of what program is currently accepting applications.
There are also private funds for public art like The Public Art Fund and Percent for Art. When artists get a public work commission, they typically get 20% of the total cost of the project as an artist’s fee.
There are many grants for artists. They are very competitive to get, but as one mentor of mine advised me, “Don’t give up until you have applied ten times.” Grants vary in how much money they award. Some grants are privately funded and some are publicly funded. Some are given for a specific project that you propose and some are given outright for the work that you do.
There are many residencies for artist to get “away from the world” and focus on their work. The length of the residency varies and the amount of money granted to the artist varies too. Some residencies actually charge money. But many will cover at least some if not all costs. You must apply for these residencies and have a flexible work schedule to go.
Many times the most valuable asset of a residency is not the money granted, but the professional network an artist forms while there. The network may include other artists, guests, curators, and other influential people in the art word.
Artists generally don’t see a cent from exhibits in a museum. In some cases, however, they do. Installation artists are typically given an artist fee for creating a temporary installation. The fee can be set by you or the museum. Find other ways that museums can help an artist’s career and hear what a curator has to say about the business of museums.
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1. If you and your partner are indecisive about where to eat or what movie to watch, play the “5-3-1″ game. One person names five choices, the other vetoes two of them, and then the first person eliminates the remaining two. Ta-da, no more “Where you do want to eat?” “I don’t care, what do you want to do?”
2. The person who cooks shouldn’t do the dishes. It’s only fair!
3. Every cohabiting couple needs a separate room with a door that shuts, even locks. This room can be used for napping, reading, listening to music, wrapping presents, having private phone conversations, or sulking.
4. Thank each other for everything. There’s no need to be effusive when someone takes out the garbage, but it’s nice to show and be shown appreciation for even the most everyday obligations.
5. Don’t tell people that they’re wrong about insignificant things. For instance, if your guy says that Steven Spielberg directed Star Wars, laugh a little on the inside, but don’t tease him for not knowing it was George Lucas. And for the love of God, do not correct each other’s grammar in public.
6. Speaking of being wrong, let it go when someone admits to being at fault, especially if it’s for something minor. One couple suggested that you play, “FailDance” where the person who was wrong has to perform a song-and-dance routine after apologizing. In doing so, you replace the resentment and “I told you so’s” with a silly moment the two of you can share.
7. Think before you speak. Whenever a difficult conversation keeps you from phrasing your thoughts coherently, ask your partner to give you a moment instead of trying to fill up the silence with whatever it is you have to say. Saying the wrong thing is much worse than an awkward break in the conversation.
8. Play the “He’s Not an A**-hole” game. Whenever you feel angry at him, imagine that you’re a novelist (or a movie writer) assigned to write a story in which the “a-hole” is the protagonist. That way, you’ll have to think of the situation from his point-of-view and make him sympathetic to readers and viewers.
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Dating these days is a joke. And not a very funny one at that. I don’t know if it’s because our generation started dating before we hit puberty or whether the Kardashians of the world have ruined what was once a beautiful thing, but the truth is that dating these days is horrible.
Half the damn time you won’t even know if you’re actually dating or not. What was once explainable using a single digit binary code now requires the decimal system.
It’s no longer “Are you dating?” or “Are you not dating?” There are now different stages, one hardly distinguishable from the other – at least while on the inside.
Looking from the outside in, on the other hand, gives shape to the confusing and convoluted dating culture that we have created for ourselves. Here are the more easily recognizable stages:
Regardless of whether you met on the street, in a coffee shop, at your yoga class or in the park, the first date tallies up to one thing: either a successful or failed one-night stand.
It doesn’t matter what the initial intentions are – not as if you know what the other person’s intentions are anyway – on the first date you’re either sleeping together or not. Depending on the results of this stage, you’ll move on to stage 2.
Seeing as how you were probably highly intoxicated the first time around, you decide to see this person one more time. This decision is most likely the result of you not being certain whether or not the person was good in bed.
You managed to black out sometime in the middle of it all and can’t figure out whether the person was the best or worst sex of your life. Round 2 it is.
You have officially dubbed him/her, or have been dubbed, worthy of sexual pursuit. Congratulations! You can now move on to phase 3: the booty call. Now it is acceptable for you to text this person at odd hours, preferably when you’re intoxicated or about to be intoxicated, to come over.
In this stage, it isn’t recommended that you refrain from calling the person or see him/her without drinking heavily or taking drugs – it may be awkward. I mean, you’ve only been intimate a dozen times or so… slow down already.
This is the first stage when you actually matter to the person more than any other slab of meat would. You put in the time and effort, your liver has certainly paid for it and it is now time to finally get to know the person you’ve been having sex with all this time.
Talking is recommended, but beware of throwing any romance into the mix. You’re friends. Not lovers. Keep all the lovey-dovey romance stuff to yourself and, whatever you do, do not look him/her in the eyes when in the midst of coitus. When you’re done, finish with a firm handshake or a high five.
Not sure how you did it – most never make it this far – but you did it… you are now going on your first official date. You’re not yet “dating” in the traditional sense, but you are going on dates.
I understand this can be confusing, but what about this process isn’t? The first couple of dates are crucial as they will decide whether or not you will be moving forward to the following stages or if the two of you will be “too busy” to see each other in coming weeks.
This is one of the trickiest stages as often it can lead to being bumped up a few stages ahead of schedule. Or, as I have already mentioned, it could be the end of the road.
After a couple of dates, it turns out that you aren’t really interested in each other. You enjoy sleeping with each other and even enjoy each other’s company, but you can’t see yourself together in the long run.
The feeling is mutual – you both know that whatever it is that the two of you have going on won’t last very long, but you decide that you want to have fun while it does. Flings are fun and usually harmless. However, this stage can look a lot like stage seven: the stepping-stone.
This stage is like the fling stage with one critical difference: Only one of you knows that the relationship won’t last. While you might be beginning to consider the other a real partner, the other thinks of you as a means of getting into someone else’s pants.
Well, maybe not exactly a means of getting there, but a comfortable resting area while you look for a better watering hole. You like the sex and you even like the person you’re having sex with… you just don’t want to be with him/her for the long haul.
You consider this person a necessary stepping-stone before you can settle with the right person – or he/she considers you as such. One of you is going to get hurt after this process… but you may have skipped it entirely and moved on to stage 8.
You have now been dubbed – or vice versa – good enough to be with. Unfortunately, you’re not good enough to be with right now. You’re good enough to keep around in case things don’t work out with anyone else, but to date you, really date you, at the moment would be silly.
These sorts of relationships get incredibly complicated, neither party really knowing what is going on as neither wants to completely let go.
The good news is, you have a safety net to fall on in case nothing else works out. Or at least you do at the moment. No one wants to be a backup indefinitely.
Wow. I mean, seriously. You should be proud of yourself. Making it all the way to official status in our day and age is impressive – well done. You can now throw on the romance and allow yourself to finally have feelings for the individual.
You can start to be yourself and begin to actually care for the person you have been “intimate” with for oh-so very long. The only thing that you should keep in mind is that getting here doesn’t guarantee that you graduate from the dating scene to marital status.
In fact, most relationships of such caliber fail miserably. But cheer up! You can at least update your Facebook status and make all your friends jealous!
This isn’t so much a stage as it is the platform holding all these stages. In this day and age just about everything gets lost in translation, but mostly because there is very little communication to actually translate.
Most people keep themselves closed off and sheltered, regardless of how intimate they’ve become with another person. Everybody is afraid to get hurt and afraid of possibly, inadvertently, giving up the opportunity to get into someone better’s pants.
Most of the time you won’t know what stage you’re in, were in or are headed to. You won’t be sure if the person cares about you or is only using you for amusement. The theory is that, with time, you’ll either find someone who won’t take you down this road.
Maybe it will come with maturity. Maybe you won’t be alone forever. Or maybe you’ll get to run through these stages for the rest of your life. No one knows! That’s half the fun!
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