“At all costs try to avoid granting yourself the status of the victim. Of all the parts of your body, be most vigilant over your index finger, for it is blame-thirsty. A pointed finger is a victim’s logo-the opposite of the V-sign and a synonym for surrender. No matter how abominable your condition may be, try not to blame anything or anybody: history, the state, superiors, race, parents, the phase of the moon, childhood, toilet training, etc. The menu is vast and tedious, and this vastness and tedium alone should be offensive enough to set one’s intelligence against choosing from it.”-Joseph Brodsky
*reads the above on Brain Pickings*
*tries to contain herself*
*hence decides to, as John Ruskin puts it ‘dirtying the paper delicately.’* (He meant art by that. Writing is an art; that I am miles away from mastering.)
Here is what’s happening.