On the beautiful rebellion:
•Rebel beautifully and with great sincerity, individuality, and compassion. Choose empathy over conflict yet find strength to stand for your deepest convictions.
Create Something Beautiful
Find a way to pass on wisdom, experienced life lessons, great passion, and original ideas in a manner that creates an impact through beauty. Rebel against the influence of those attempting to simplify and distract our thought processes. Find connections with people instead of replacing them with these distractions.
The only way to truly rebel is through art. (Music, poetry, dance, painting, drawing, sculpting, inventing, asking the obscure questions and demanding answers, treating people individually and with compassion, etc… ) The list is endless but consist of all things that are original and sincere.
The greatest creative and unique minds were typically not appreciated until after their deaths. There is a reason for this: They were not using their talents to mass produce simplistic drivel aimed to please shallow consumers.
Money is never the reason a true artist creates. They do it because they cannot not create. Whether they use their gifts to express or work through their own inner struggles or they simply cannot contain the passionate views that society or their peers may not be ready for, they are desperate for the release of their creative energy.
This includes those who can’t conform to the unaffected complacency and indifference we protect ourselves with. We immerse ourselves in our electronic friends, acting as if we are immune to the suffering and loneliness that can be felt thickening the air. We panic as we push past even our closest friends when their need for human compassion overwhelms our ability to keep up our barriers. We have become unoriginal even in our rejection of sincere social interaction.
The bravest artist creates light in the way they behave towards all people; their critics, their supporters, those who have more, and those who have less, the left behind. These rare heroes are moving quietly among us. They can always find value in the beauty of each individual. Acting with truly sincere compassion and empathy towards everyone they encounter, they are the ultimate rebels, artists of human emotional interaction.
Any artist that creates sincerely will give everything they have to their art. They feel successful when they create, when their message is out in the world as they wanted to express it. They would give it freely to someone who they felt truly connected to what they were expressing, feeling successful in their ability to ignite passion in even one person. And if the artist is very fortunate, they will make a living by charging those who can afford to offer monetary compensation and work to build a following of true supporters for future creations.
To bend to the will of an audience in order to keep the people comfortable, unchallenged, and “safe” enough to spend their money is not an option. They would rather their works never see the light of day than be sold and molded by business men into something they were never supposed to be.
A true artist feels accountable to only their own passion. They live to find a way to express this passion and to create an experience in others that mimics the emotion and passion felt while the work was being created. They express ideas without succumbing to the pressure of acceptance, and instead flourish in spite of it.
The works of uncorrupted artists are more honest as history lessons of this time period than what is written by historians who have put nothing personal on the line besides their accountability to government or employer. Of course, Historians are essential to the observation and recording of facts and events. However, we gather far more insight to past human actions and behaviors through what they have created and how they were perceived in they eyes of those who were inspired enough to represent them in their art.
In the future, people will look back and study the immense volumes of human creations and impressions to make interpretations about our culture and identity.
How will they differentiate between the work of artists uninfluenced by promises of fame and fortune and the bullshit shallow entertainment that follows a strict guideline of “giving the people what they want?”
It would be like finding the one statement of truth in an encyclopedia of sarcasm.
The mass production of false art is spreading and giving people the impression that the lack of depth and overly simple themes created by falsely artistic sellouts are far more appropriate for the consumers in the “dumbed down” public.
The ease of obtaining media exposure is going to cause great confusion as to what kind of people we were and what kind of society we were part of. Or is it?
Perhaps we will become a culture that is best represented by terrible, but somehow still catchy music, or humiliating ourselves and others for entertaining TV.
Are all films going to be replaced by blockbusters with constant computer generated explosions and repetitive scores consisting of the same annoying sound effects, while offering zero emotional substance?
Will we be calling books written for adults at a 4th grade reading and comprehension level classics? Imagine The Da Vinci Code as a replacement for Catcher in the Rye or To Kill A Mockingbird losing its place in our education system for Twilight.
Will we lose interest in discovering and procuring works of art that truly speak to us? Instead, financially supporting poorly trained painters and sculptors who lack a unique vision yet repeatedly recreate their “popular” works for Walmart to sell as dorm room decorations ?
If artists begin to create only what is trendy and accessible to the public for the sake of making money, they will lose themselves as artists and become something else entirely: Unqualified Historians who have no respect for the living subject matter.
Our future generations are doomed to be mindless, culture-phobic zombies if we allow ourselves to continue to be represented by those who only want to exploit our need for acceptance through consumption, our tendency toward quantity over quality and our desperation for instantly gratifying entertainment. Stop the madness.
There is still hope…. If you look closely enough you will notice that beauty is being hidden in plain sight. Artists are finding ways of demanding exposure. Giving it away for free, pouring their souls onto concrete buildings for the sake of inciting the passion of even just a lonely pedestrian. Musicians are exposing their deepest vulnerabilities to the trolls of the internet just to reach out to anyone who they can move to feel what they do. Writers are blogging openly, not for the need to be heard, but for the chance to finally set themselves free and put all their possibly disorganized and unedited thoughts out into the infinite depths of the internet, living on well past human mortality.
We have the tools to create more beauty than we can fathom. It exists in human sincerity. All we have to do is use our resources to flood the world with it.
We are all artist, whether we keep it hidden amongst boxes of journals never to see the light of day, or bravely put ourselves on showcase to give others a chance to be moved by our greatest passions. As long as we are SINCERE. We can be artists by simply offering sincere words or acts of kindness to strangers OR friends, an act of beautiful rebellion to indifference.
Let us all be artist. Find your cause, your gift to the future and rebel with a smile against this siege on our senses. Reject the noise that clogs our ears, the violence that numbs our compassion, the simplicity, falsely disguised as literature, that dulls our intelligence and worse, our imaginations. Above all, reject the images and salesmen, calling for our unquestioning consumption, attempting to confuse our ability to recognize sincerity and blind us to the beauty that still surrounds us.
REBEL, YOU HIDDEN ARTISTS! IGNITE PASSION EVERYWHERE!
REBEL, YOU QUIETLY EMPATHETIC DO-GOODERS! STAND LOUDLY FOR THE UNHEARD!
REBEL, YOU CLOSET IMAGINATIVE INTELLECTUALS! SEEK THE ANSWERS TO THE UNIVERSE!
REBEL SINCERELY AND BEAUTIFULLY!!
As long as there is power left to hold, there will be people patiently waiting to exploit our vulnerabilities, As long as we allow our insecurities to make choices for us, And as long currency is exchanged, humans will be vulnerable to exploitation.
Freedom of unique thought and expression, sincerity of selfless compassion, and our willingness to experience the beauty in all things, are weapons of mass destruction in this war. Fight On.