[lit-ideas] Re: Writing while drinking

  • From: "Andy Amago" <aamago@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 18 Oct 2006 13:02:42 -0400

I can't disagree, except to say that stress comes from within.  Stress is
not necessarily a reflection of a job.  People pick high stress jobs, if in
fact they pick them, given that in my opinion people are compelled by
parental injunctions and other childhood and societal influences to wind up
where they do, think the way they do, etc.  Being compelled can be a source
of lifelong stress (abandonment of child in favor of image of child). 
That's it.  Gotta go.

> [Original Message]
> From: Paul Stone <pas@xxxxxxxx>
> To: <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Date: 10/18/2006 12:28:44 PM
> Subject: [lit-ideas] Re: Writing while drinking
> At 12:07 PM 10/18/2006, you wrote:
> >Genetics has to combine with environment.  Someone with a genetic
> >propensity who indulges in self destructive behavior is almost guaranteed
> >an early death.  I'd say that genetics are more important, and given that
> >insurance companies charge you more if your father died under the age of
> >and mother under the age of 50, most likely, it's pretty settled.  Having
> >said that, if one is genetically predisposed but goes out of their way to
> >live healthfully, they probably level out the playing field.  Also, if an
> >occupation keeps people working, in general, into their 70's and 80's and
> >90's, it's a pretty fair bet that there's something protective in it. 
> >say too that we have to distinguish between heart failure and heart
> >They're very different.
> Okay, meet me halfway here... yes, you can conduct into your later years 
> and people often do. But... there is little doubt that being a conductor
> in the maestro league -- is very stressful and the ones who get into it
> are predisposed for heart problems probably have an even greater risk 
> because they are conducting. If you aren't bothered by stress or 
> predisposed to keel over because of it, then you can conduct orchestras 
> etc. into your later years. I was just making the point that while 
> conducting looks like its rather melifluous, the behind the scenes
> as well as the performance anxiety (natural offshoot of performing in
> of people where if you f it up, it looks bad) is a recipe for disaster if 
> you are already headed down that path to heart failure.
> p
> ##########
> Paul Stone
> pas@xxxxxxxx
> Kingsville, ON, Canada 
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