334. June 11th…. “Solipsism” …..great new word….can you use it in a sentence….???

“and it’s 1,2,3” 2010

“We must plan for freedom, and not only for security, if for no other reason than only freedom can make security more secure.” – Karl Popper

This morning I was sent a really great word….”Solipsism“…. it is defined as:

1.  The theory that only the self exists, or can be proved to exist.


Investigating this a bit further….I found a…..a Greek Sophist said:

1. Nothing exists;
2. Even if something exists, nothing can be known about it; and
3. Even if something could be known about it, knowledge about it can’t be communicated to others.

ultimately to prove that objective knowledge is impossible………..wow!!!!!!!

so with my new-found impossibility of ever achieving “Objective knowledge”……I set out on a small but serious quest to apply that to art and the concept of being an artist…..found quickly the debate for Objective knowledge vs that against it is serious and heated….it becomes more of a philosophical argument….a personal belief…something I was either going to migrate to or run from….I felt drawn to the idea that “Objective knowledge” is an impossibility…based on the idea in order for me to truly understand something I have to rely on my own experiences…as the experiences of others are valid…yet only to them….

so…..if objective knowledge does not exist…..as an artist….I am fundamentally reproducing what has been done before…just putting my twist on it….and I have to say I really do agree with that thinking….because originality requires…..a Solipsistic mindset in order to produce…..which requires an objective method of thinking which again based on the lack of objectivity in knowledge doesn’t allow that to happen….this becomes somewhat of an evolutionary process….along with an acquisition mentality…in order for an artist to have their own voice they have to add something that is personal experience to an ideology that is pre-existing…..we study with mentors….teachers and the like in hopes of gleaning something from them…not discovering something that has never existed before….something brand new…rather we are going to take what they taught us…place our signature on it….call it our own…and consciously perfect the method….add to it or subtract from it….until it looks less like the original and speaks from us much louder than before…..

on being an artist….the moment an artist owns the solipsistic ideology/mentality…they should probably change careers…find something that doesn’t feed the self so much….studies have been done on infants….the conclusion is they are the greatest example of solipsism….egocentric and self-absorbed …yet when they reach the “Toddler ” stage in development most loose the mentally as they have discovered that other infants experience much of what they have….this idea redirects to the myth that every painting an artist does is a good one…when in reality roughly 10% of paintings are good…..the rest are the practice…the place to learn….the spot where the ant-solipsistic  mentality exist…..that place where….

we can say with all certainty…….and….believe that everything is real except…………me…..

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