So, what are you going to do with it? This was a question put to someone I know wanting to try their hand at painting. The person asking the question did so because he knew someone else who had a cupboard full of paintings having not sold any. Isn’t it strange how we always put an economic label on things we want to do.
So, what are you going to do with it? Do we always have to do something with it? Do we always have to think practically and economically when wanting to do something? Isn’t it possible to simply enjoy the creative experience in doing it? Of course it is. We’ve just lost that ability.
If you had asked Van Gogh that question, who by the way never sold a painting, he would have looked askance at you. More than most, he lived in the fire of creativity for creativity’s sake.
No doubt the practical mind is a real gift, but it has this tendency to sometimes get in the way of our creativity, especially if creativity is always reduced to having to be practical. So I’m not denying the importance of practicality, but lets also learn to be creative simply for creativity’s sake. It might just bring greater energy and meaning in to our living.
Oscar Wilde put it too harshly for me, but I get his meaning in his words: “The word ‘practical’ is nearly always the last refuge of the uncivilized.”