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Wasteland

May 2, 2009

Continued from previous post,  The Cellist of Sarajevo.

What is a wasteland?  A place where people live inauthentic lives.

How do you heal a wasteland?

Live an authentic life. (Joseph Campbell)

When you do your art, you need to do it for one reason, and one reason only. Because it is important for you to do it.  And when you look back on your life, you will remember how you were true to your vision and you will be content.

People may not understand your gesture or your painting, but those ready for it will be moved. They will be led back to the best in themselves and their belief in the ‘capacity for good’ in the world and in themselves will be affirmed. 

Art is the language humans use to create meaning.

What could be more important now?  In her poem Wage Peace, Judyth Hill answered the terror of 9/11 by urging us to pick up our tools. She was asking us to create authentic work and authentic lives.

Your art isn’t about how many hits your site gets, or about an award, Twitter or Facebook popularity contests. It isn’t about being the next hype on Etsy. Your art could be about  about healing yourself and your world.  Each of us has the choice to live in the Wasteland or change it.

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