Weekly Rochester Events #414: Galileo's University Days
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Well, this week I didn't get out too much — mostly little things here and there but not really any shows. I made a pilgrimage to California Rollin' at Village Gate Square (274 N. Goodman St.) on Friday — I haven't been in a while because Ali doesn't like sushi (and she has tried all kinds) so I had a night apart from her and I took advantage of it for that. Later I went to Solera Wine Bar (647 South Ave) and had a great time — it's got a nice social atmosphere where if you just sit at the bar you can really just hang out and talk with people. On Saturday I tried the famous pastrami-on-rye sandwich at Java Joe's (N. Union St. at Trinidad St., #1 in the Public Market) which, although I'm no expert on pastrami, was really very good. I might have done something on Tuesday night but I was struck by the flu or something and took "the NyQuil train to tomorrow-town" ... it's still lingering but I'm desperately trying to get better fast because today (Wednesday the 13th, as I'm writing this) is Ali's birthday.
My friend Sondra and I have been talking about some meta-reality stuff, I guess. One of the things that came up recently was that of success and failure. We each have done reasonably big projects — mine, The Bike With 2 Brains and hers, Facing Our Fears — and have each had to face that success/failure construct.
For me, I just never got hit with anything. It just recently dawned on me that that was my frustration about the whole thing: that I never met with any success, nor did I meet with any failure, but everything that happened was just a process. Looking at it that way, I don't think there's a way for anyone to experience success or failure. They're just adjectives people apply to someone else's actions. So if nobody "gets" success or failure, how can one be afraid of failure (or afraid of success)? My theory is that there is fear related to starting something new, but just that it's not related to success or failure.
For her, she keeps getting approached by people who want to tell her what went wrong. We've talked about it and she knows quite well what happened, and why it happened, and what to do about it in the future — and by no means was it a failure: for instance, there are quite a few pictures on Flickr of people having a good time of it. Knowing some of the challenges we faced when making it, people still approach her with their opinions, presuming that because they did not participate and they never created a project similar to hers, that this gives them a unique perspective that offers valuable insight. When phrased that way, it's (hopefully) clear that this is severely flawed logic. The act of judging and making suggestions on "how to do it right the next time" is just a circuitous defensive mechanism to assure oneself that it's better to not act, or to maintain the status quo.
It comes down to this: we're all going to die but nobody wants to admit it. If you do things with your life — to try something new — then you are living, and through that, reminded that someday you won't have the option anymore. Living like that is change: death and birth all at once. Trying to keep things as much the same as possible is just pretending that change isn't happening ... that no change will ever happen ... that you'll never die.
So the thing is this: you can choose between living or simply existing. Neither one affords you eternal life. One's just more fun.
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About the title ... Galileo Galilei taught at the university at Padua, Italy starting 414 years ago in 1592.
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