How to make your life a work of art, in few words
“There is something about words. In expert hands, manipulated deftly, they take you prisoner. Wind themselves around your limbs like spider silk, and when you are so enthralled you cannot move, they pierce your skin, enter your blood, numb your thoughts. Inside you they work their magic…”
– Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale
I’ll tell you a secret: you have been hypnotised your entire life. They made you believe you are what you are not, in a world that is as much an illusion as a castle made of cards. Those cards are called words and you are ultimately the one who shuffles them, creating your reality. Others don’t really exist, nevertheless you should strive to be kind to them as they are part of you: harming them would end up harming yourself.
You truly are what is beyond words, the presence observing the mental chitchat that keeps you awake at night. Life as you think it is fiction, a movie you are creating. You must either transcend that lie or believe in it to the point to make your life a story worth telling. If you do both at the same time, even better. Anything in the middle would end up making you miserable. Doubt is healthy, doubt is evolutionary, but you’d better also embrace illusion as long as it feels righteous. That’s what makes life worth living.
“Always speak honest words and forgive and forget hurtful words. Don’t take words too seriously in general. Cultivate irony and direct it primarily towards yourself.”
– Barabeke, 4th of the 10 commandments for the digital millennium
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