If you're wondering what the heck is going on here at zivotjehra.org, this article is for you! I hope you'll find it interesting and thought-provoking. At the end part you'll find all mentions with links and additional recommendations.
last updated: October 10/17
TRANSLATION TO ENGLISH
ZIVOT-JE-HRA translates from Czech as [life is a game]. Naming in this language is a coincidence.
Russian is my native language and thanks to the translation of famous words by Shakespeare...
All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.
...the phrase life is a game was deep-rooted into my head since the early age.
WHAT WAS ON MY MIND WHEN THIS NAMING WAS CREATED?
[Life is a game] idea was on my mind in 2015 as a result of thinking about video by Derek Sivers [The meaning of life].
I don't consider life as a win-lose game. I'd rather say that it's a playground and there is an end point. Death is a game over. I also mean "game" as an adventure...
Have you heard why life is not a journey explanation by Alan Watts? I love how he conveys the idea that I'm developing in my own way.
The term autotelic is also connected to the [zivot-je-hra] concept. There is a marvelous video essay by Adam Westbrook in [The Long Game] series if you want to learn about this concept through the story of Vincent Van Gogh.
ZIVOT-JE-HRA is about enjoying the process. I'm not competitive and don't think in terms of winning, don't care much about the success as a goal.
THE STORY OF INCEPTION
Bobo and I were in Prague for a week in September '15. It was my mind-body reboot trip after I reached a breaking point in the sabbatical.
Each day had a name and I called the sixth one [zivot-je-hra]. That day we were going to the organ concert in the St. Nicholas church at 5 PM. We had a longer uber ride than we expected since the church was in the old city and we crossed a bridge...
We arrived at the place only to discover that it's the other St. Nicholas church... Luckily, there was an organ concert too but at 6 PM. Well... how odd is that?
That event fixed [zivot-je-hra] in my mind as a motto to surrender to the flow of life and I continued to use it as a reminder to not hang up on life's circumstances and be open-minded and cheerful no matter what are the circumstances...
INPUT THAT MOVED MY THINKING FORWARD
ZIVOT-JE-HRA is a synthetic philosophical concept. My body of work stands on the shoulders of the following passed away thinkers: Heraclitus, Epicurus, Plato, Nietzsche, Proust, and other dead and living ones. Please keep in mind that I'm a neophyte in philosophy and it's just the beginning.
MENTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
Quote [All the world’s a stage...] from "As You Like It", spoken by Jaques.
If you didn't read "The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark", read it. It's never too late. I read it first time last year when I was turning 30.
If you're familiar with Hamlet, but haven't heard of Tom Stoppard, highly recommend you to read his play [Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead] and watch the movie he directed. It's the story of Hamlet from the point of view of his friends.
[The Meaning of Life] by Derek Sivers
I watched it 10+ times over two years, it was worth it every time.
[Why Life is not a Journey] by Alan Watts
I'm not familiar with body of work by Alan Watts. Learned about different video on his talk accidentally at the first day of the sabbatical (December 27/14). In the embedded video the sound quality is better and I prefer the video reel better.
[The Long Game Part 3: Painting in the Dark] by Adam Westbrook
If you are into visual thinking and the art of storytelling dig into Adam's work and consider becoming a Patron. I'm in beta-tester group of supporters since January 2017. Adam knows how to fascinate and I like to learn from him.