Monday, October 08, 2018

Test of Spirit

A simple / not so simple question for anyone aspiring to make it big doing something they love:

Would you rather have tons of wealth and popularity, or achieve complete spiritual fulfillment? (Assuming the two are mutually exclusive and you had to choose one.)

Which is more important, and by how much?

When you're at the end of your life, would you rather lay there thinking, I'm rich and famous, but I don't know what it all meant? Or would you rather be broke and relatively unknown, yet have a profound spiritual connection with your creator?

If you've ever had a profound spiritual experience, something so deep, potent, and powerful that you could never even explain it to anyone without sounding crazy or like a damn fool, would you trade all memory of it for wealth and fame? Or, if you've never experienced something that matches this description, what would you give to have it? Would you consign yourself to a life of poverty and mediocrity, just for the chance to experience true meaning? Even if it doesnt mean anything to anyone but you?

Some would say you do not have to choose, you can have both! It is ok to choose both, but the risk is that you end up with neither. As an artist, I believe you have to make the choice, and risk everything. True Art is not just the physical manifestation of your own spiritual connection to the universe, it is also the physical manifestation of the risk that you take in creating it.


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