Do you do that kind of reading, research and investigation, before you start something?
JB: In this case I am actually recreating my experience at VCFA. I was trying to think about it as I was riding to the studio today. I do a lot of writing to conceptualize what I’m after.
We traveled for a year, and India, one of our stops, was where we stayed for a month. I was just really taken with the temples and the kind of devotion I saw, one without reservation. Coming from our country, which I think is very cynical, I liked it. In a way there was something I really envied about it. I knew I wanted to do something with that because it had such a big impact on me.
Now I’m reading and taking notes and asking myself, why am I looking back to Hinduism and the archetype? I felt that I was looking for meaning, which is similar to searching for identity. And what is meaning in our contemporary society? Where is that? I started thinking about philosophy and ontology and I came upon this really groovy podcast site called philosophize this!.
I started listening to readings by Heidegger and I thought about existentialism, and that just brings me right to the moment now where we are looking for meaning in our world. One thing that Heidegger said, is that there is this idea of “throwninness”. People are born at a certain time, in a certain place, a certain gender – those are your stats. The cultural or national situation you are born into dictates what you do. He said that what people care about are things that will help their existence.
I like the idea of becoming aware of going beyond just existing, going for some other meaning. Jung talks about becoming whole. I’ve been meditating and thinking about mindfulness. Being authentic. That’s where I’m at right now, in present time.