Boarderland Creations

Birmingham, Alabama · 123 Sales


Boarderland Creations

Birmingham, Alabama 123 Sales On Etsy since 2016

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"...for the invariable mark of great artistry, is its "artlessness"; it looks easy, as if it were instead not a work of art, but rather, a work of nature...excelling in one of the rarest of virtues: the virtue of knowing when to stop."

In Taoist philosophy, you will commonly hear the phrase "wu/wei", which loosely translates to "doing/non-doing", or more colloquially as "doing without force". There are numerous ways you could work this to fit your particular situation, as it is purposefully broad, but let us use wu/wei for something less broad,, perhaps?

Most people orchestrate their entire life with a clear purpose or goal in mind, which is fine, but most of these people probably feel that this goal was beyond their control to implement and/or manipulate, such as what career to pursue or whether to pursue a career at all, or something greater like believing in a certain god and then making sure to stay on their good side, constantly disciplining themselves on what to do and what not to do according to whatever rules have been set up by the particular operation in question. Most of these people need this mindset, because without it, then what purpose do they have for living, right? What do you do when life becomes unnecessary and all of your hard work is nothing but a distraction? Philosopher Albert Camus once wrote on the subject that the only serious question left worth asking is whether or not to end your own life. That's pretty intense, man. However, philosopher Alan Watts once wrote as a response that the only serious question it really all that serious?

Well, what do we do when we're not being serious? We play! So, what is to stop us from approaching life in a similar mindset; seeing it as a play? After all, we don't necessarily indulge plays, or performances of any type, for a calculated purpose or goal. If that were the case then we would consider the best performers to be the ones who could reach the end of their performance the fastest, or the loudest, or who could do it the most (Nicholas Cage is a perfect example of that). We indulge in performances to experience a likely fictitious evolution and develop otherwise completely unnecessary emotions as to how situations that ultimately have nothing to do with us may or may not unfold, much like a child would watch the passing of clouds. A child doesn't sit and watch the clouds to see where they go, nor do they assimilate their shapes with what they may look like because there is a right or wrong answer, or a prize to be won for doing so. They are perfectly content to watch them for their pure spontaneity.

It is no different with life. In life, although there are perhaps right wrong actions in accordance with the rules and regulations of a society under statutory law, there are no right or wrong feelings, only the feelings that you have as an individual. Therefore, for you to try and force your feelings to be anything other than what they are is like trying to put a square block inside a round hole: manageable, perhaps, but deceptively so and possibly disingenuous. However, the idea that there are no right or wrong feelings, or that the feelings that you have understood to be "less than" are in fact what you find yourself to be comprised of, and that the "correct" way to be is ultimately yours as an individual to identify, can be terrifying to most people. We are unsure of what it means for who we are and/or are not, what we can do and/or can not do, and where it can and/or can not take us in the moment. However, If we would just allow ourselves to live and accept ourselves for who and what we are, something as organic and beautiful and free as the passing clouds, then we would be at peace with ourselves as individuals.

This is our peace. This is Boarderland.

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