Friday Nov 02, 2007
Mission, Morale, Money
While there is no denying that hardship is universal, the true artist confronts a particular form of challenges.
Creating art for art’s sake is on the one hand invigorating and liberating, while simultaneously it is life on the edge. To succeed in this dharma, the artist must find an audience that comprehends his art language, which, in turn, sustains his being.
While there are things this artist must do to maintain his authenticity, he must also tend to and maintain his morale—which is a key factor in survival of both body and soul.
A sense of humor, especially about oneself, helps deflect the ego while placing things in perspective toward an unwavering life of right effort—as the Buddha taught.
I think I understand, but who is to decide what is right, or what is wrong effort?
This is a significant question, which can take on heated debate.
However, if we think of things in terms of do no harm, then we are already creating a path with an improved awareness.