“The dreamers are the saviors of the world.”
The above quote comes from Allen’s best known work “As A Man Thinketh”, and on it’s face may seem to be a rather hyperbolic claim. He goes on to explain that the ‘dreamer’ include composers, sculptor, painters, and poets - in other words all creative artists. Their work is important because:
The world is beautiful because they have lived; without them, laboring humanity would perish.
Why is beauty important? What practical use does it have? It’s hard enough to try to determine whether or not a particular thing is beautiful. It’s a judgement that depends greatly on a variety of factors such a cultural values and individual tastes. But even if we disagree about a particular occurrence of beauty we can all acknowledge that beauty exists and we know it when we see it.
The reason beauty, and art, is important is because it speaks to use in a way that bypasses the purely intellectual and connects us with something that transcends our circumstantial existence.
My definition of an artist is anyone who captures the subjective and translates it into the objective.
When we take in a piece of art that resonates with us we make contact with a dimension of the human experience that affects us emotionally on a subconscious level. We are opened up to recognizing something true that lies deep within ourselves that we may rarely access in any other way.
Here’s something that may surprise you. But it’s a beautiful truth that few people realize.
The fact is that the capacity for creativity, to turn the subjective into the objective, to manifest a vision, is something that is common to every living person.
In other words, everyone, in one medium or another is a creative artist. The particular medium an individual works in may not be one of the traditional ‘fine arts’. Everyone has their own medium they specialize in whether it be music, dance, business, construction, or coding. Any object can be made beautiful if it is created with a passionate creator connected with the inner spirit.
Ultimately it’s all about attitude. We each have to claim our creative ability for ourselves and hold fast to our own passions. It doesn’t matter what other people think or if you make a million dollars doing it. If you tap into and embrace the value that comes from inside it must be expressed and will be appreciated on the outside.
For some unknown reason my DNA has been encoded to focus on the medium of music. It seems I can’t get away from it. I fully recognize now that regardless of where it takes me I can only be fully actualized by following the musical path.
So I guess for me this can all be summed up in yet another quote. This one comes from the legendary Dewey Finn in the movie School of Rock: “Dude, I service society by rocking!”