“Be kind to everybody, make art and fight the power.”
The challenge, therefore, is listening to the views of the other side and accepting their opinion despite your own disagreement. The harder part though is reshaping the opposing person’s thought patterns, questioning their beliefs right to their face without losing your composure.
They say disagreement is why the democratic system works. But when the other side fixates on reversing the experiment that’s when it’s time to become a bit grittier and protect against backwardness. Things can always be better, especially in times like these where you strive to get back to where you were in the first place.
“Almost always the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.” — Martin Luther King Jr.
“It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.”
— Mark Twain
You can’t sit this one out because you’re afraid of making the wrong choice. Indecision is still a decision. No fence-sitting.
“After all, the wrong road always leads somewhere.”George Bernard Shaw
To put it another way, the road is better than the end.
Worrying can be short-sighted and egotistical. FOMO, or fear of missing out, is a 21st-century problem driven by the use of smartphones. As David Brooks highlights in his article The Epidemic of Worry, ‘the worrier is the opposite of a lighthouse:’
“He doesn’t give out energy for the benefit of others. He absorbs energy at others’ cost.” – Francis O’Gorman, Worrying: A Literary and Cultural History
We don’t need art. We don’t need Instagram. We don’t need bottled water.
These are styles and preferences that enrich the satisfaction of our lives but aren’t things we need to live. They are products we consume when we don’t have to starve, which the vast bulk of people did before the 19th century Industrial Revolution.
We have to eat. We have to clothe ourselves and move. Everything else: our food preference, type of clothes, and our favorite photography apps are all examples of stylization.