Do Your own thinking. This seems to be the “crux of the matter” no matter what the approach you take to change work, be at the personal, inter personal or organizational/social level
BUCKY ON DOING YOUR OWN THINKING – FROM THE MAN WHO WANTED TO UNDERSTAND AND LIVE THE PRINCIPLES OF THE UNIVERSE
LEARY ON THINK FOR YOURSELF – FROM THE MAN WHO QUESTIONED AND CHALLENGED/CHANGED AUTHORITIES ALL THE WAY
BHAGWAD GITA/HINDUISM ON THINKING FOR YOURSELF, GO BEYOND THE VEDAS AND FOLLOW YOUR OWN TRUTH
It is amazing, that at the end of the day, the way out of of the problem is acutually to turn inward, inward deeper still.
All theory, all ideas, all beliefs just become “limitations to be overcome” and the path to oneself is “via negativa” by dropping away the adopted ideas, beliefs, and theory. This in so many ways is the birth of an artist, an artist in and of life. Not an easy path, not a path understood even by most, and definitely not a path walked by many. The path is filled with blood, sweat and tears, and yet at the end is the rapture and peace. So why does one need or why is one called to do one’s own thinking? Why is one called to become an “artist of life”… this I believe is a good question, a question for us to explore, a question perhaps to hold in one’s consciousness deeply and see what emerges, and see if and how it moves you.
We have been studying some of the paratheatre process inspired by Jerzy Growtowski and would like to end with his words in this short write up
“Why do we sacrifice so much energy to our art? Not in order to teach others but to learn with them what our existence, our organism, our personal and unrepeatable experience have to give us; to learn to break down the barriers which surround us and to free ourselves from the breaks which hold us back, from the lies about ourselves which we manufacture daily for ourselves and for others; to destroy the limitations caused by our ignorance and lack of courage; in short, to fill the emptiness in us: to fulfill ourselves. Art is neither a state of the soul (in the sense of some extraordinary, unpredictable moment of inspiration) nor a state of man (in the sense of a profession or social function). Art is a ripening, an evolution, an uplifting which enables us to emerge from darkness into a blaze of light.
We fight then to discover, to experience the truth about ourselves; to tear away the masks behind which we hide daily. We see theatre – especially in its palpable, carnal aspect – as a place of provocation, a challenge the actor sets himself and also, indirectly, other people. Theatre only has a meaning if it allows us to transcend our stereotyped vision, our conventional feelings and customs, our standards of judgment – not just for the sake of doing so, but so that we may experience what is real and, having already given up all daily escapes and pretenses, in a state of complete defenselessness unveil, give, discover ourselves. In this way – through shock, through the shudder which causes us to drop our dally masks and mannerisms – we are able, without hiding anything, to entrust ourselves to something we cannot name but in which live Eros and Charitas.”