A great example of this balance is in Prelude 10, which I'm used to hearing played as a facile excercise. Kimiko's performance starts from a playful reading of the opening theme, and transitions into a simply amazing Presto that is so "rock star", it might as well be concluded by smashing a guitar and biting the head off a bat.
I think listening to the performance of the first Prelude gives you a taste of what is coming: Ms Ishizaka plays it with a very careful emphasis that forces the listener to hear the eschersque symmetry of the arpeggios. Listening to this performance is like seeing an two dimensional image you've seen hundreds of times before suddenly in three dimensions, or a black and white photo suddenly in color.
The conditions are still quite good, but I think we're starting to get to the point where it's spring skiing and you don't want to go out if it's below freezing. That's not the case yet up north, but it's coming soon. Spring is coming soon too, but you couldn't tell that today—it's snowing. Andrea's tomato plant is thriving, despite the snow in the background. :)
Yeah, I have to say that when I think of enlightenment none of those examples come up for me either. To me those are all examples of samsara. Father Yod is so unsatisfied that he tries to fill the void with his pool; Tom Cruise was a massive success early on and got sucked into a cult, and lives in a mansion, and is completely unsatisfied.
I got into Buddhism because I had managed to get everything that seemed obviously gettable to me, and I was not particularly happy, and I could see that I was experiencing a very good scenario compared to what the people around me were experiencing, and it was just not ok. So to me enlightenment is seeing to it that everyone has what they want, and no-one is suffering, where everyone includes me. But it has to be more than just a science fiction world with rejuvenation drugs and limitless stuff, because that doesn't help with mental pain or a lack of joy.
I don't think this is a particularly male fantasy.
And yes, I have been wondering where the women are too. Like, why is it so hard to get Agent Carter renewed? That's just weird.
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