... since everyone else is doing a review of the year's events, here are the four most popular posts of my blog in 2014:
"I don't see anything wrong with being alone. It feels great to me." --- Andy Warhol
Today would have been Andy's birthday... in his memory, here is one of my favourite quotes:
"Sometimes people let the same problem make them miserable for years when they could just say, 'So what.' That's one of my favourite things to say. 'So what.'My mother didn't love me.' So what. 'My husband won't ball me.' So what.'I'm a success but I'm still alone.' So what.I don't know how I made it through all the years before I learned how to do that trick. It took a long time for me to learn it, but once you do, you never forget." --- Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol
... found this gem in Warhol's diaries, today, dating back exactly 34 years ...
Saturday, November 15, 1980 - Cologne - ParisWe were going to a monastery and we had to be there at 12:00 because if we got there one minute after 12:00 we wouldn't be allowed in. Herman drove really fast in this pouring rain. After we got there we weren't allowed to say a word to each other. We went into the lunchroom and then the monk read something for twenty minutes while we ate our lunch - sour apple cider and lentil soup which tasted like canned to me but when I said so everyone just looked at me like I'm crazy, but - I think I know my soup.
There was one really good-looking priest and he was behind me. Then we left and went to Paris.
having a laughing fit... classic Andy:
Colacello recalls, "Roz told Andy that he should write his autobiography." Warhol responded that Colacello was already writing his biography. But, "Roz was very quick on her feet," answering Warhol, "Well, why don't you write your philosophy. I mean, if anyone has philosophy, it's got to be you." Warhol loved the idea and assigned Colacello as ghostwriter with the simple directive: "Philosophy is anything, Bob. Just make it up." --- Lucy Mulroney, 'I'd Recognize Your Voice Anywhere: The Philosophy of Andy Warhol [From A to B and Back Again]'
But seriously, I think Warhol is onto something here because philosophy is anything! And I think it would do some of the smug, academic philosophers (mostly male and white) some good to have a real think about this. Being a philosophy PhD student, I'm probably shooting myself in the leg here but I do think that it would be better for philosophy as a whole if the people involved in it would be more humble with their own thoughts, ideas and theories. Let's face it: we're not really solving any riddles, we're not 'producing' any truths, we will certainly not find out what the 'meaning of life' is. However, I also think that 'an unexamined life is not worth living'. Philosophy shouldn't be about looking like some 'big ass' thinker. If anything it should be about broadening ones own horizon and maybe, just maybe, getting a different perspective on things in life and the life of others. That's what is so valuable about philosophy: if done properly, I am convinced it can make you more respectful towards yourself and other living creatures. But it won't make you perfect. Deal with it!