John Cage on Silence

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John Cage was a genius. Her he is in his own words on sound and silence - stunning in a brilliant and complete encapsulation of my own feelings about sound and silence.

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Tim Minchin Purveyor of Fine Wit and Wisdom

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Introduction to Strong Like Water Philosophy

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Philosophy has been an undercurrent of Strong Like Water since its inception but we have resisted tackling it because it tends to use a lot of words, time and frequently fails to reach satisfying conclusions.

That’s only because it’s so slippery.

The hairball that is philosophy seems to come from the lack of common ground and common words people use.

Philosophy is full of declaration of what things really are, of revelations of truth or of declarations of fallacy.

It seems to me that most of the topics in philosophy over time, especially questions about the nature of the physical world, which have reached satisfying consensus are those which have been taken over by science and have ceased to be philosophical questions. I will provide examples in a future post.

In fact some of my least satisfying moments in studying philosophy have been occasions where the speaker, writer, professor or drunken student interlocutor has been ignorant of the relevant scientific evidence that bears on the question being debated.

Philosophy walks a tightrope between science and mysticism.

The Strong Like Water philosophy is presented as a reflection of existing ideas from history and the present day, bundled and spun, maximized for fun and utility.

This is the way I hope to avoid using excess time and attention on your behalf and it’s a system you can use to keep me honest. Now let me clarify this “utility”.

Utility is usefulness, but without the assumption that the use is a great need. A buggy whip has utility because it can be put to work as a tool. When you drive your buggy to town, you give the horse a little signal with a flick of the wrist.

It’s not useful, however because nobody drives a buggy in the 21st century. A bike pump would be very useful but never more than when I have a flat tyre to inflate. Its utility is similar to its purpose, though not the same. Purpose implies design. Like purpose, however, a thing’s utility is unaffected by my need, while its usefulness is really where its utility and my needs align.

So to conclude this first post, I think the approach I recommend with philosophy, at least how I present it, is to consider this: what can I do with this philosophy? How does it change the possibilities I see before me if I adopt it?

It will sometimes be difficult to approach a novel or unfamiliar idea (which is where the pay dirt is) without resolving all the inconsistencies that it infers when trying to incorporate all the many thoughts that seem to fight for the same mental real estate. But do you need to resolve them for it to be fun or have utility?

If you can fall back to the yardsticks of utility and fun, you can cut straight to the chase: is it worth thinking about?

Kill the Buddha

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This is basically my first track. I’ve dabbled in the past but I’m putting a fork in this one and calling it done. Funny, because I had no plan to make a track like this but the main melodic theme just took over. To be honest I was trying to make a fugue but I got distracted by the actual sound.

In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities. In the expert’s mind, there are few.

If you like it, like it 🙂

From Scratch

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“If you want to make an Apple Pie from scratch, first you must create the universe” – Carl Sagan

Return to Stillness Like Water

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Part of the strength of water as a metaphor is that like our mind, it can retain the effects of disruption and propagate them. However, like our mind it can always return to stillness.


Bruce Lee on Time

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Bruce Lee

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“If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of.”

— Bruce Lee








Bruce Lee on Technique

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Bruce Lee

"The highest technique is to have no technique."



“The highest technique is to have no technique.” — Bruce Lee




Bruce Lee on Action

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Bruce Lee on Action

Knowing is not enough...

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.” — Bruce Lee


Bruce Lee Quote of the Week

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Any technique, however worthy and desirable, becomes a disease when the mind is obsessed with it.

— Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee: “Be Like Water”

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Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water my friend.

— Bruce Lee

Michael Wolff, Graphic Designer

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