Wrap your head around this one!
Although it makes a weird sort of sense, to me anyway, that a mind in the midst of extreme suffering might perceive things in a different way than a calmer mind. It is rather simplistic, but thinking about it that way feels good.
Let’s not neglect the gobbledygook math thing…on second thought, let’s do.
And now, a beautiful quote from one of my favorite episodes of Doctor Who, Vincent and the Doctor.
The Doctor: Between you and me, in a hundred words, where do you think Van Gogh rates in the history of art?
Curator: Well… um… big question, but, to me Van Gogh is the finest painter of them all. Certainly the most popular, great painter of all time. The most beloved, his command of colour most magnificent. He transformed the pain of his tormented life into ecstatic beauty. Pain is easy to portray, but to use your passion and pain to portray the ecstasy and joy and magnificence of our world, no one had ever done it before. Perhaps no one ever will again. To my mind, that strange, wild man who roamed the fields of Provence was not only the world’s greatest artist, but also one of the greatest men who ever lived.
Can anyone doubt that Vincent van Gogh is my favorite artist?
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