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Saturday, May 27, 2017

A CONVERSATION I'M ALWAYS HAVING (At Least In My Head)

Random Person to Me: “I hate artist/craftsman/musician/actor x! Why are they even alive?!”


Me: “Why do you hate them?”


Random Person: “Their work sucks!”


Me: “Are you an artist or craftsman? What do you create?”


Random Person: “Me? No! I don’t create things. I’m just a consumer.”


Me: “And how do you make a living?”


Random Person: “I’m an employee.”


Me: “Oh, so not only do you not create anything, and so are unfamiliar with all the contingencies that complicate any creative endeavor, you also have no understanding of the courage & perseverance it takes to pursue a craft or art as a means to feed yourself.”


Random Person: “Well, no.”


Me: “So please don’t be offended if I’m a little skeptical of your aesthetic opinion, especially its severity that borders on violence. I suggest that you spend your time & energy focused on what you love rather than on what you purportedly hate. I, for one, am glad that the world is big enough to harbor successful art that is beyond my appreciation or understanding."