Continuing my journey of great people striving for perfection. I mean really it is the pursuit of the thin line between greatness and insanity. I saw this documentary of a sushi chef Jiro in which he owns a sushi restaurant in the basement of a Tokyo business building that doesn't even have a bathroom connected. Yet this has received 3 stars from Michelin, which I guess is a huge deal in the restaurant world. Basically it documents Jiro and his apprentices and their journey to create better and better art so much so that they massage the octopus for 5 hours prior to serving it. It shows the insanity but also the skill one can achieve from a life time of focused work. Check out Jiro here.
I seem to always be locked in this conundrum between trying to achieve a monastic life of strictly art, or experiencing the wide variety life has to offer. There is something to be said for the fact that most great things(or supposedly great things as it's all subjective) seem to be created in the pressure of an almost focus. On the other side of things there is a certain great quality contained in items produced under no pressure and freely, in a carefree manner. My life seems to always revolve around these extremes and when I start to meditate and take more of a middle, more balanced, view on life production certainly decreases. Is the trade-off worth it I'm not really sure, are you? Let me know your thoughts on perfection and the quest for it, or whatever else.