Thursday, May 24, 2012

Just a Quote and a Thought

Philip Glass is a composer, and this is what he says about style:
In order to arrive at a personal style, you have to have a technique to begin with. In other words, when I say that style is a special case of technique, you have to have the technique—you have to have a place to make the choices from. If you don't have a basis on which to make the choice, then you don't have a style at all. You have a series of accidents.
When I heard it, I loved it, but mostly because I changed the quote around in my mind to this:
You have to have a place to make choices from.  If you don't have a basis on which to make choices, then you don't have an identity at all.  You have a series of accidents.

I think there are two reasons why I believe in the gospel of Jesus Christ:
  1. I believe in the reality and sanctifying power of the atonement of Christ.
  2. It gives me a basis on which to make choices.
In the same way that technique lends itself to style, as Philip Glass described, following the gospel of Jesus Christ lends itself to the creation of my identity.  Lots of things probably stand as the foundation for other people's identities—Catholicism, Judaism, Agnosticism, Atheism, etc.  Christianity is mine.  More particularly, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is mine.


Thing I'm thankful for: a mid-afternoon Dutch baby pancake

2 Comments:

Blogger cardlady said...

May I say it again? You ARE SO THOUGHTFUL AND AWESOME AND BEAUTIFUL SARA! I love you. MOM

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