It’s one of the most overused phrases in modern times. However, what “the world needs,” truly, is for us to get clear on what it is we even mean when we say “world”. Do you mean all of humanity? The earth? Both? The Western world? The third? Whose world are we referring to with our grandiose sentiments? And how the hell do we get off speaking as if we have any clue about what the world needs?
You can read all the books you want, go to seminars, workshops, retreats, show up weekly at temples and houses of worship, and never know who you really are. You probably aren’t even really there when you do these things. Thus, your past remains your present.
The way we look at sacrifice is backward. I’m referring to the kind of sacrifice we think we’re making when we accept the rules and…
I’ve worked diligently for over 25 years to maintain the identity of an unknown, obscure artist, rather than letting him die a sweet, quiet death, or to try in earnest to see if I might be an artist nobody likes—or, maybe to find there are many, many who do like him.