If you think you are beaten, you are; If you think you dare not, you don’t; If you’d like to win, but think you can’t, It’s almost a cinch you won’t. If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost, For out in the word we find Success begins with a fellow’s will, It’s all in the state of mind.
If you think you’re outcasted, you are; You’ve got to think high to rise. You’ve got to be sure of yourself before You can ever win a prize. Life’s battles don’t always go To the stronger or faster man; But soon or late the man who wins Is the man who thinks he can.
Talk about a bio. According to Wikipedia, Alejandro Jodorowsky is:
Philosopher, scholar in comparative religion, playwright, director, producer, composer, actor, mime, comic book writer, tarot card reader and historian, and psychotherapist
That last label should read psycho-magician:
Psychomagicis a term created by Alejandro Jodorowsky, for a non-scientific technique that is assumed to be useful in psychotherapy. It is a fringe subject without critical scientific evaluation
The technique combines art, Eastern philosophies (particularly Zen Buddhism), mysticism and modern psychotherapy to heal patients with emotional problems. The principle relies in the belief that the unconscious mind takes a symbolic act as a fact. So a symbolic act could help solve some types of non rational conflicts.
These acts are prescribed by the therapist after having studied the patient’s personality and family tree.
This guy’s worth a look. Not nearly as boring as some of our mayo styled Holly Wood magicians, and they tend to keep it to themselves. Meanwhile, Jodorowsky’s shimmying bean stalks.
At 17, he debuted as an actor and a year later he created the pantomime troupe, Teatro Mimico. In 1953 Jodorowsky wrote his first play, El Minotauro. That same year he traveled to Paris to study pantomime with Etienne Decroux, the teacher of Marcel Marceau. The next year he joined Marcel Marceau theatre troupe; the performances realized during this collaboration toured worldwide. After performing in Mexico in 1960, Jodorowsky decide to continue his stay in order to pursue other theatrical endeavors.
El Topo(1970), a mystical western, was his second film and is now considered a cult classic. John Lennon and Yoko Ono helped to arrange the film’s release and distribution in the United States through Beatles manager Allen Klein.
Jodorowsky’s third film, La Montaña Sagrada (The Holy Mountain) (1973), was entirely financed by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. At a projected budget of $1,500,000 (in USA dollars), it was the most expensive Mexican film production to date. It has been suggested that the Holy Mountain may be inspired by Rene Daumal novel Mount Analogue.
Dinosaur Gardens has a great article on the man at this link:
“Last time I was here, I was doing a lot of complaining about the ridiculous prices of CDs down here. And that story got picked up and got carried all around the world and now my record label all around the world hates me, because I yelled at them, I called them out for being greedy f***ing a**holes. I didn’t get a chance to check, has the price come down at all? I see a no, a no, a no… Has anyone seen the price come down? Okay, well, you know what that means… STEAL IT. Steal away. Steal and steal and steal some more and give it to all your friends and keep on stealin’.”—Trent Reznor: “Steal My Music!”
And though they were sad They rescued everyone They lifted up the sun A spoonful weighs a ton Giving more than they had The process had begun A million came from one The limits now were none Being drunk on their plan, they lifted up the sun
Forcing it off with their hands The trapdoor came undone Above our heads it swung The privilege had been won Being drunk on their plan, they lifted up the sun
Yelling as hard as they can The doubters all were stunned Heard louder than a gun The sound they made was love
“Within the technological ensemble, mechanized work in which automatic and semi-automatic reactions fill the larger part (if not the whole) of labor time remains, as a life-long occupation, exhausting, stupefying, inhuman slavery.i”—Herbert Marcuse
“How did they get conned into thinking that they’re lucky to have that job, at six or seven dollars an hour, and that their women have to go off and work? I’m talking about men to start with, and that the women have to go off and work, and that the children have to go God knows where — and so on and so forth. Where did the idea come from that you’re “lucky” to have a job? A job without benefits, a job without pension, a job without health care, a job without any permanence whatsoever.”—James Hillman