Expectations Of Bikini Girl

MT McClanahan

An artist and perpetual thinker, MT McClanahan finds inspiration through connecting ideas across a broad range of topics. He especially enjoys philosophy and how art and life interconnect. He is the founder of TPT and his paintings can be seen at mtmcclanahan.com.

4 Responses

  1. I totally agree!!…as I do believe our thoughts are powerful about creating our reality. It is important to practice setting the intention to how we would like the outcome to be, rather than whatever our conditioning leaves us to expect. We CAN choose what we expect…and it’s important to do so, imagining the very best possible outcome.

    • Beautifully and succinctly put, Sunny. I especially think the realizing of our power of choice, or of the power our ability of choice gives us, is immensely important. Even that takes practice. This is worth much more thought on my part.

  2. Steve says:

    Robert Rauschenburg once said, “I tend to make what I want to see.” Your installment on Bikini Girl id s great point. You’ve gotten into lots of nooks and crannies that mostly are dismissed because to think about them causes a shift and a realignment. Those actively engaged in “making what they want to see” know this as familiar territory (each metaphorical transformation into materials).
    And you have nailed it with the idea of “reference.” Bikini girl would probably be stoned to death in a country where the hijab was required.Reverse the situation and a similar cultural clash occurs.
    Do you know Edmund Carpenter’s work? His book “They became what they beheld” was an important text in the last 4 decades of the 20th c.

    • Is “what I want to see” the same as “what I want other’s to see”? I guess you can’t have the latter without the former.

      I was thinking more on expectations and concluded that an expectation, inherently, is not a want. It’s neither positive or negative, good or bad, inherently. That’s how I separate it from positive thinking. I can expect it to rain on my picnic if the weather channel told me it was going to rain that day. To me, an expectation is “truer” than a positive thought, has more power, as it were, and therefore is more of a force on what I will do. An expectation is more powerful than a want I think. Or maybe I’m just splitting hairs, but I don’t think so.

      Thank you for the book reference; I haven’t (where was *I* those last decades?)but will get a copy. And thanks for the comment.

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