Thursday, January 3, 2008

Genius... is the capacity to see ten things where the ordinary man sees one. Wisdom is the capacity to see one thing where the genius sees ten.

So, other than the desire to please those I know (somewhat) and love (heartily), I sit here and wonder what I hope to achieve by starting a blog. I think I may be the billionth customer, so there is no mystery. I can't teach you anything that you don't already know, and I think I've muzzled my ego enough to not fool myself into believing my insights are much more than bubbles of nothingness in this life's champagne (however an occasional flourish can be satisfying:). So why waste our time in this self-indulgent dribble (no I came up with a rationale...I just need to put in the obligatory build up ... to the dramatic pause...)?

The reason (are you ready for my mission statement:) will simply be this, to share myself with those who are interested, to remind myself of things I know, and to perhaps use this to store ideas and and words and memories better not forgotten. I can't even suggest that everything here will be original or even remotely my own, hell, I stand by the postulate that immature poets imitate; mature poets steal. What I can promise you is that when I write, I will attempt to be nakedly honest, steal a quote (and cleverly work it into my prose), and be mildly amusing (the latter to cover my discomfort with my inherent humanity and imperfection).

In my beginning is my end, and to do so I'd like to leave you with the following koan:

Ryokan, a Zen master, lived the simplest kind of life in a little hut at the foot of a mountain. One evening a thief visited the hut only to discover there was nothing to steal.

Ryokan returned and caught him. "You have come a long way to visit me," he told the prowler, "and you should not return empty-handed. Please take my clothes as a gift."

The thief was bewildered. He took the clothes and slunk away.

Ryokan sat naked, watching the moon. "Poor fellow," he mused, "I wish I could have given him this beautiful moon."

-Anthony (mostly)


Mike G (moobier) said...

First and foremost, the idea of you naked and typing, is not my idea of the best way to start the new year. :) Secondly, I am surprised on how these blogs are being used. I am learning a lot about what is on people's minds, and it's an interesting thing to not only be a voyeur of the collective unconscious, but to willingly participate. True, neither you nor I are traveling the world and taking pictures of exotic landscapes, but we can take a few moments to postulate and share what our thinking is, and suffer everyone to our endless whining and negativism (which has been my plan since birth). I suggest to Becky (under Rachael’s Blog) that she consider a 365 Blog… take pictures of David every day and comment on them. I was partly being funny, but it would be an interesting view into a family relationship. I’d suggest the same of you. Post every day. Try just doing a poem, or a little blurb on how the family is doing. Mine will remain a daily or weekly rambling with a photo from that day for as long as I can stomach it. And if no one likes it, than I’ve been successful (see the comment regarding negativism above)

-Mostly Mike

Mike G (moobier) said...

PS - this looks bad on your comment page... next time ... shorter title... jeeze

Em & Tim said...

Deep thoughts by Anthony Gazzillo...
I think it's pretty cool to think about having some regular contact with you all which we don't have now b/c of distance and hectic lives. It's also cool to me that we can reach everyone in a relatively easy fashion. Those are my deep thoughts at 5pm..

Becky said...

wow, I really have nothing deep enough to write about weekly nevermind daily! This will definitely be a nice way to keep in contact with you guys!

Anthony and Karen said...

Well this is my second attempt to comment on your's great to have you on board! I am delighted to be a part of it and really appreciate how everyone is helping me to be involved...I've been learning new techie stuff every day and it's fun!

Happy blogging! Love, Mom