“We give up aggression, both toward ourselves, that we have to make a special effort to impress people, and toward others, that we can put something over on them.” -Chogyam Trungpa
"Why do we perform? It is above all for the entertainment and transformation of the people. It is all for them." -Patti Smith
Germaine de Stael - French salon, 1790s to 1817
from Beth Lorio
for A Teaspoon of Water: Contemplative Arts Salon
Germaine De Staël had already seen the promise of the Revolution twist into The Terror before Napoleon came marching into Paris.
She was prepared to admire him, and eager to include him in the circle of thinkers, writers, politicians, clergy, aristocracy and beauties of her Salon. She was eager to advise him on how best to help France become in truth the land of Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité. But it soon became clear to her that Napoleon’s interests really rested on one thing: Napoleon’s interests. He wanted nothing to do with her or the Brotherhood of Man. When he named himself Emperor, he decreed that she be banished from within 40 leagues of Paris lest her influence interfere with his own plans for Empire.
For over ten years Germaine pleaded and schemed to be allowed to return to her beloved city, all the while gathering a like minded circle from all over Europe who honed their wits and talents on the wheel of her inexhaustibly
The basic problem in artistic endeavor is the tendency to split the artist from the audience and then try to send a message from one to the other. -- from the Dharma Art Letter, by Chogyam Trungpa
If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water. -Loren Eiseley