>Students might find sanity too spacious, too irritating. We would prefer a
little claustrophobic insanity, snug and comforting insanity. Getting into
that is like crawling back into a marsupial’s pouch. That’s the usual
tendency, because acknowledging precision and sanity is too crispy, too
cool, too cold. It’s too early to wake up; we’d rather go back to bed.
Going back to bed is relating to the mind’s deceptions, which in fact we
prefer. We like to get a little bit confused and set up our homes in that.
We don’t prefer sanity or enlightenment in fact. That seems to be the
problem rather than that we don’t have it or can’t get it. If we really
prefer basic sanity or enlightenment, it’s irritatingly possible to get
into it.

All material by Chogyam Trungpa is copyright Diana J. Mukpo

>Alan Ross, Ansel’s assistant:

>When I first went to work as Ansel’s assistant, one of the things that struck me the most was the realization, while going through boxes and boxes of his work, that he had made an awful lot of very ordinary photographs! I was somewhat stunned to learn that he had no illusions and no expectations that every film he exposed would wind up being another one of what he fondly called his ‘Mona Lisa’s. As an awe-struck young photographer in the presence of The Master, this revelation was an incredible relief to me; it came as a release from the burden of expecting myself to produce only perfection. It was better to experiment and try things that might work, and openly and simply respond to feelings than to over intellectualize. In fact I soon came to learn that one of Ansel’s favorite phrases was “The Perfect is the enemy of the Good!”

Thanks 2 my dear friend Nick Mangafas for sending me this quote!