Monday, 26 February 2018

Mindful Patrons

To be a mindful patron is to be generous, not greedy.  It is to be filled with peaceful affection, not prejudices or other irrational forms of fear, hate and delusion.

Mindful patrons have overcome their previous misconceptions of consciousness and the world.  They know how to pause and think before acting, speaking or making decisions.

What do such patrons seek in theatrical situations?

Are you here for the next part of the Mozarty Party Climatologically Cool 100?

The countdown has now reached number 23.  Time is slowly moving to towards the end of that experience.

How much of the countdown have you already experienced?

Have you had the good fortune to participate in the countdown live in Nannerl's Suite or have you only been able to attain knowledge of it through the briefings in this auditorium?

The work at number 23 in this countdown is noted for its odd numbering in the K√∂chel catalogue.  It is also unusual as a consequence of its key.

Do you ever blow a horn in an emergency?

Have you ever participated in an orchestral performance, and even been a soloist for a concerto?


The work at number 23 in the countdown is the Horn Concerto No. 1 in D major, K. (412+514)/386b.  It was apparently composed entirely in the final year of Mozart's life.  His writings on the manuscript seem to imagine his much younger self, hearing his older, horn-playing friend.

Mozart's life in 1791 may have put him on the horns of a dilemma.  Was he experiencing strange turns of the mind?  Was his stability and credibility being called into question?  Was he suffocating under mounting debts and an inadequate income?

What is your understanding of stability and credibility?

Yesterday, the art of mindfulness was presented here.   How can you prove you are a mindful patron?

How are you supporting the cultural transmission of enlightenment?

What have been your most significant contributions to learning and appreciation?

How do you usually respond when Satire Claws is coming to town?

When do you know something or someone is good enough?

What is your understanding of minds, psychology and the harmonious interplay of beauty, understanding and magnificence?

Do you view the world as it is portrayed by other minds or do you merely interpret squares and pixels and screens?

In order to assist your experiences as a mindful patron, and your imagination in the year ahead, the Mozarty Party Climatologically Cool countdown will continue now with the Piano Concerto No. 19 in F major, KV 459.

When are you usually mindful of a ritornello?

When are you mindful of overtures, especially earlier overtures?

How do you describe the smell of success?

Well, piano concerto 19, K. 459 is at number 22 in the countdown. Mozart wrote it towards the end of 1784, long before horn concerto 1.

How do those works compare with the achievements of other composers?

While Mozart, aged 28, was completing his concerto, a soon-to-be-famous essay was published in Berlin.

In the essay, the author, Immanuel Kant, claimed that people lack enlightenment not through lack of intelligence but through lacking the courage to think for themselves and communicate honestly.  In other words, most people are afraid to think for themselves because they are afraid of how other people will respond.

Without thinking for ourselves, we are unenlightened.

Many unenlightened persons become irrationally fired up, causing all sorts of problems in the world.

Kant believed that the paternalism of religious and political authorities prevents people from thinking for themselves.  In his view, people brought up to rely on paternalism are therefore mere puppets of authoritarian influences, unless they choose to become enlightened.

How does your opinion of authoritarianism compare with that of Kant?

In the same year, 1784, Princess Dashkova, a close friend of Catherine the Great, became the head of the Russian Academy.

All mindful patrons are enlightened.  They know that enlightenment begins by asking and answering questions.

What, for example, do you know about the decline of insect numbers around the world and the reasons for, and consequences of, that decline?

How are you mindful of the world?

How are you mindful of the influences on your thinking?

What is your understanding of the geophysical and geobiological consequences of human behaviour, especially human reproductive behaviour?

Mindful patrons express a suitably peaceful and informed activism.

What do you believe to be the main characteristics of a peaceful, well-informed, enlightened activist?

How have you been attempting to make the world a much better place than it would be without you?

Who has been attempting to assist you to reach the social and political goals you seek to see implemented?

How do you measure your success as an activist?

Even with all my questioning, you may believe this is little more than yet another enlightening monologue performed invisibly, and silently, from the world stage of the ethereal theatre of the Twaklinesque.

My name is Privacy Policy.  I have been the invisible and silent presenter of all the events here without a named presenter.

I usually communicate through a keyboard, but it is quite silent, too.  It is obviously not a piano.

How do you usually communicate with the world?

Are you an artivist yourself or are you a patron of artivists?

Most activists are unenlightened.  They merely follow the crowd, even in the public domain park lands of Villa Twaklinilkawt.

Most people considering themselves to be artivists are merely angry graffiti taggers and an assortment of rappers.  They are followed mostly by a mindless, angry crowd.

The political performers in invisible theatre, like the non-political and seemingly pointless flash mobs, are usually temporarily disruptive.  Like many contemporary arts practitioners they may make people nearby feel confused, uncomfortable and possibly annoyed, but little changes.

The only way to change anything is through a clear, effective, reformist agenda and strategy, starting with the reform of political and electoral structures.

There are many ways to act in enlightened ways in keeping with local laws.  They are usually the most peaceful approaches towards improving fairness in any society.

Mindful patrons know this.

If you are seeking to participate in another enlightening dialogue here, what are you able to offer?

The freedom to choose whether to participate or not is everyone's right.  Unfortunately, many artivists, and other activists, unthinkingly thrust their activities into the lives of unwitting victims.  The practitioners seek attention, either for themselves or their activities, but they do not respect humanity.  They aggressively bombard strangers with opinions, much like other sorts of proselytisers.

Were you here recently for the World Enlightenment Forum, especially Day Four?

Mindful patrons do their best to attend the digital forum each January.  Only the most enlightened are ever invited to attend in person.

Have you ever studied through the Sprezzatura School of Twaklinomics?

Most activism is quite useless because the activists have little understanding of economics.

Were you here on Friday?

There was much local news to relate on that day in relation to peace, justice and prosperity.

Mindful patrons always do their best to keep up with local news of most relevance to their enlightened activism.

Are you ready for the next work in the Mozarty Party Climatologically Cool countdown?

At number 21 in the countdown, we have the last major chamber work Mozart wrote.  It is his String Quintet No. 6 in E-flat major, K. 614.  It was completed during the final year of his life.

Have you ever been part of a string quintet?

Have you ever written a string quintet?

Have you ever participated artistically in a team of five people for political purposes?

Mindful patrons are highly cautious, economically, socially and politically.  They never take life for granted.  They carefully assess trustworthiness without becoming intrusive.

How can you prove you are trustworthy?

How can you prove you are not intrusive?