You were born to make art.
You were born to do work that matters to you and to other people.
You were born to create.
But, the world brainwashed you to settle. It brainwashed you to believe otherwise.
It didn’t do so in bad faith. The world was well-meaning when it told you to settle.
Your parents, teachers, bosses, leaders, and those in authority wanted you to be safe. They wanted you to be comfortable. They wanted you to pursue what has already been tried and tested. They wanted what they thought was best for you.
But, they didn’t realize that the old economy has faded away. What worked yesterday no longer works today.
What motivated them yesterday no longer motivates us today. They didn’t realize that people have moved past the survival and subsistence phase of human development. What we pursue now is purpose and meaning. In Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, we have moved past our physiological and safety needs. What we (most of us at least) need now is love and belongingness. In other words, what we need now is connection.
Art allows us to connect with others by touching their souls. Thus, art addresses our need for love and belongingness. At the same time, by touching our own souls and making a difference deeply in the souls of others, it also addresses our need for esteem and self-actualization.