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Many struggle with the debilitating disease known as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, but for pianist Margaret Leng Tan, the teachings and music of rebel composer John Cage helps her embrace her idiosyncrasies. Via The New York Times:

Through Cage and his take on Zen philosophy, I have made a truce with my O.C.D. I recognize that it is integral to who I am and have come to accept myself, warts and all. Obsessive-compulsives are, not surprisingly, perfectionists. Yet, I have learned to relinquish the grand illusion of the goal and relish, instead, the unfolding of the process. Cage’s highly forgiving definition of error, as “simply a failure to adjust immediately from a preconception to an actuality,” has helped temper my self-judgmental parameters of right and wrong, all or nothing.


Watch John Cage get weird in his landmark performance, “Water Walk.”





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