Is Your Art Meaningful?
You know that art is meaningful because you’ve been moved by the art of others. You have first-hand experience of that. Art may not cure diseases or save the world; but that it can’t manage those high-bar feats is no reason to doubt that it has value.
You know that art is meaningful. But is your own art meaningful, to you or to others? This can prove to be a painful question with only murky answers. If your art isn’t overtly political, does that make it less meaningful? If your art is decorative by design, does that make it less meaningful? If your art is in some genre like landscape painting or portraiture, does the fact that it is in a genre render it meaningless?
These are tough questions. What can help you weather these questions, and the answers that you come up with, is a philosophy of life that deeply honors the idea that many things in life can be important, curing cancer, on the one hand, but also moving people through art. One coherent philosophy of life that deeply honors this notion is kirism, the philosophy of life that I’ve developed.
I think you’ll find kirism interesting and valuable. Please come take a look at Lighting the Way, in which kirism is introduced to the world. You can take a peek at it here.