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rather than misery

March 7, 2009

I wanted to change my way of seeing, not my way of feeling. I’m perfectly happy about my feelings. I want to bring them, if anything, to some kind of tranquility. I don’t want to disturb my feelings, and above all, I don’t want somebody else to disturb my feelings. I don’t spend my life being pushed around by a bunch of artists.

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I remember hearing Rosenberg say, at an exhibition of pop and op art, where is the suffering? I continually have made it clear in my discussions of art that I prefer laughter to tears. How did I come to that view? I came to it partly through the recognition that if art was going to be of any use, it was going to be of use not with reference to itself, but with reference to the people who used it, and that they would use it not in relation to art itself, but in relation to their daily lives, that their daily lives would be better if they were concerned with enjoyment rather than misery.

John Cage

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