You cannot create experience. You must undergo it. —Albert Camus
This was my mistake. I once wrote an awful little book on guitar theory, you see, failing to understand that the gap between concept and experience is as vast a void as whatever lies inside the skull of many a politician. It’s a great book, mind you, in terms of the concepts in it, and I don’t just say so myself. But somewhere between it having been written, as books are, from the point of the author’s experience and how hard it is to grasp concepts in the abstract, I failed.
“It’s very clear, as long as I persist with it.” Said one reader. That’s fantastic… but. What Rodney said to me implies he needs to apply pressure on himself to do it. As long as he’s disciplined, that’s fantastic. But high-pressure systems such as these are bound to break down sooner rather than later. Moreover, that requisite discipline does not exactly make for a joyous experience. I had failed. [Read more…]