Java Zen:Thinking Out Loud Thursday, 2017.06.29
It is often said that capitalism—that is, a market economy—is morally
obnoxious because its "trickle-down economics" inevitably creates inequality of
income and wealth. Now it is certainly true that "trickle-down economics" has
that effect. It is also true, however, that if you want economic growth and
greater affluence for all, there is simply no alternative to "trickle-down
economics," which is just another name for growth economics.

The world has yet to see a successful version of "trickle-up economics," an
egalitarian society in which the state ensures that the fruits of economic
growth are universally and equally shared. The trouble with this idea—it is,
of course, the socialist ideal—is that it does not produce those fruits in the
first place. Economic growth is promoted by entrepreneurs and innovators, whose
ambitions, when realized, create inequality. No one with any knowledge of human
nature can expect such people not to want to be relatively rich, and if they are
too long frustrated they will cease to be productive. Nor can the state
substitute for them, because the state simply cannot engage in the "creative
destruction" that is an essential aspect of innovation. The state cannot and
should not be a risk-taking institution, since it is politically impossible for
any state to cope with the inevitable bankruptcies associated with economic risk

		Irving Kristol, Income Inequality Without Class Conflict, Dec. 18, 1997


Gary Musselman – An Original

I had first read about Gary Musselman on Amy Alkon’s blog in an article titled “It’s Like Jazz On Paper.” And indeed it is.

I know this not just by the images displayed by Amy, but from first hand experience of Gary’s art. I commissioned a phrase.

I’d like an original of the following phrase:

Hobo Kore Dojo

The phrase is Japanese and basically translates as follows…

“Hobo Kore” is a little difficult to translate. Roughly, it means “this place where you are at” or “where ever you are.”

“Dojo” is a place of learning, community and personal commitment. While it is often thought of as a physical place, such as a school or a monastery, the deeper meaning is that of a space without walls and alive.

So the entire phrase comes to mean “each moment in life is your school” or “each step you take in life has a lesson.” I first encountered this phrase when I began Aikido (a martial art) training. The school’s founder and chief instructor is a Japanese immigrant and had carved this phrase in Japanese calligraphy on a large piece of wood and hung it over the dojo entrance. The phrase has helped me keep a healthy perspective on life ever since.

As far as colors, I suppose I’d like blues and greens with a slight touch of red.

Take Care,

Gregory Engel

I was told Gary was inspired by the story behind the phrase and that an awesome piece was in the works. And so it is. Truly awesome.

Hobo Kore Dojo
Hobo Kore Dojo

Many thanks to Amy Alkon for shining the light and to Scotty Todd for brokering the deal on Gary’s behalf. I am a proud owner of a Gary Musselman original work of art. But the true original is Gary himself. The inspiration of his story absolutely radiates out of his art.