The Still Mind

Our world observed from stillness

In The Fall by Steve Cutts


How many of our lives reflect this?

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Uploaded on Aug 25, 2011

A short hand-drawn animation created in Adobe Flash and After Effects about one mans reflection on his life. Music by Guided by Voices.

We as humans have the power to live our lives in the way that will fulfill our very being. Once this is achieved, we can create the type of world that we truly want to live in. Contrary to what is told to us, monotony is not just a part of life that we have to deal with, for this world is created by every single individual acting upon it. Ideas and and norms don’t exist absent of people animating them into tangible reality. This all of our world, so let us turn it into one that we want to live in together.


Author: Garrett S.

I am a writer, researcher, and 3D CG generalist, who developed a strong penchant for meditation and spiritual practices. I've incorporated that background into my current work manning the helm in directing my own personal animated projects, most notably of which is my "Mr. G" series, and "The Ville".

3 thoughts on “In The Fall by Steve Cutts

  1. One of the keys is to discover what your very being is! The longer I live, the more I realize that life is a journey towards that awareness. One is not born with it. One learns about one’s being through teachers, interactions with other beings, noticing one’s inclinations and proclivities. Hopefully, a person’s education is a help and not a hindrance towards self-discovery…. I was never told that monotony was an inevitable fact of life, but I was given a limited interpretation of what reality is… I’m not sure about the “ideas and norms” statement. Whether ideas and norms exist or don’t exist without us is a matter for philosophical analysis. In conclusion, there is too much Norman Vincent Peale in this excerpt, and not enough Bertrand Russell!

    • Who is it that holds ideas and norms? Where do they reside? Show me your ideas and norms? Can you hand them to me? If not, then where are they really?
      The way of a household is the people within the house, and not the ways themselves, for the ways exist in minds, and minds command bodies which then create action. No idea enacts without a mind to command a body to command an action.

      One who is determined to protect their own view point against that which they see at every turn has much they fear of losing inside.

  2. Mathematical truths were held to be a priori truths by Plato and Kant. Other philosophers disagreed. The “norms and ideas” statement is not an unquestioned truth, but a matter for conjecture… If by “one”, you mean me, I’m not sure what my viewpoint is in regards to the previous statement . I do believe a person should be careful with words and their meanings; throughout history there has been too much bloodshed and destruction of life by those who would seduce the mind through enticing words. Our American culture is awash in such words. I also believe in the integrity of life, and the idea that nobody really knows what’s at stake on this mysterious planet.

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