These are two different views of the work situation and personal situation.
I think any contribution is great if it makes one think so one can get out
of the bad habits.
Den expands this labor problem from musicians to other professional fields.
Very excellent opinion. Greg Henry Waters
I always enjoyed your company too mate, I wasn't really talking about musicians only, all kinds of people get taken, its not exclusive to musicians. I worked in banking for many years, and I saw all kinds of people who aren't paid what they're worth for one reason or another, a skilled dentist or even a good builders laborer who works for someone else will never received the full value of their craft. It worries me when you talk about me as a lay person, but you send me the newsletter, as if I as a lay person would be interested. If you don't think a lay person should have views about anything other than "lay" things you shouldn't send them topical newsletters. I hope you find some peace soon old mate. Take care and remember there are still some good things in the world. Kind Regards Den
This opinion of Den I cannot agree with completely but
has some very good points. Greg Henry Waters
Hi Greg, I haven't written to you before, when you were here in China, we could talk and since you left I've just been lazy. Firstly I certainly hope that you weren't referring to me with foreigners in China who fleeced you, but I'm sure you weren't, I always read your newsletter with interest. I just read your piece regarding exploitation, women and travel. I must say I find it a cop out on all fronts, read as a man thinketh by James Allen and you will see a passage that states I won't quote directly, but this is pretty close "it has long been accepted that there are oppressed and oppressors, you will hear people state that the oppressors should be despised because they take advantage of the oppressed, but there is a school of thought that states that the oppressed should be despised because they allow it to happen, the pure truth is that they are both collaborators in ignorance." musicians like yourself state that you are too involved in your art to worry about the business side, or "I'm not good at business" what baby is born who is good at business? is it a genetic gift? as with any skill it can through patient practice, just like a musical instrument be learned, if you didn't bother to put in the patient practice in a skill, then why should you expect someone who did to give you their rewards. Life isn't fair, but, "in a world where loss of equipoise would mean total destruction in the universe, personal responsibility is absolute". My final quote to you regards your piece regarding women, "we do not attract that which we want but that which we are" To cite your example of your second wife's uncle whose wife left him when he couldn't work, what a hollow crock of shit! who knows the relationship between a man and a woman? if he had materially supported her all those years, and at the same time bothered to nurture a loving and fruitful relationship, (something I have yet to see a man in China do) would she had still left? love and sex are very different I have been lucky enough to experience a lot of the former and almost enough of the latter and have found that the quality of the first always relates to the quality of the second. to put it simply if you want a woman to fulfill your body you must first fulfill her soul, I've lost three of the most wonderful women I have ever met, simply because I didn't have the courage and patience to keep going with that first task, but none of them ever required me to simply go out and provide for them materially. never be chosen by a women, always choose her, that way your eyes are open. I wish you well Greg and always have, but I hope you can figure out a way to figure out that whatever happens to you is YOUR fault, make your music for reward or for the sake of it, but if you make it for the sake of it and then get no reward blame your own lack of preparation. Take care and keep in touch. Den