Why? Why not? Create.

Why must their always be a point every time we string together our words and ideas into some form of composition or another. Is writing itself not enough of an art that it may not be conducted purely for it’s own sake?

Why must we worry ourselves with developing the purpose prior, when the readers are going to derive their own purposes from it anyways? They don’t care about why we wrote it anyhow. Unless they are trying to understand how you wrote it, than what they truly care about is why they’re reading it. Therefore it is better to say something than to waste your time worrying about what it is you might want to say, and why.

That is not to imply premeditated work is bad; but I’ve never found it particularly sensible to premeditate something which is intended to be original. Rather, I find it best to leave the matter up to unconscious forces. By feeding my brain with masses of whatever stimulus it’s calling for, whether it be visual art, literature, music, social interaction, film etc.

What ensues is a sort of melting pot of creativity; a churning mixture of ideas, sounds, visions, quotes, and words. Than when all is finished, my brain begins to inform me, like my microwave beeping to signal that my peach-hibiscus tea is ready.  If I neglect this task of release, it grows louder and harder to ignore. It does not however signal this verbally. It notifies me in the form of a weird sort of anxiety or pressure.

A pulsing and often painful urgency that grows in intensity the longer I try to fight it off. Never ceasing to torment all levels of my consciousness until I eventually take to pen, keyboard, or instrument. It is the same force that compels me away from mundane and fruitless uses of time. The same that haunts me with every minute I spend working in conventional labor.

It’s as a chain or a rope, always leading me towards the act of creation. Always pulling me through endless acquisition of knowledge and skill building. Persistently dragging me up a hill. A tall mountainous hill that is rocky and often steep. The difficulty of the climb is however irrelevant.

Resistance as well as inaction prove futile,  countless attempts at both have shown  no end save for agony and despair.  If one ignores this calling, they may as well be digging their own grave with their bare hands, only to cowardly crawl inside and await in patient sorrow for starvation and the elements to gradually overcome them.

If one answers the call, they may or may not find success. Whether they do or not is irrelevant; what follows after will be identical either way: building upon what they’ve already created, and striving to out due their current and previous accomplishments with something new. A cycle that will persist for the entirety of their existences.

There may be brief moments of self appreciation upon fulfilling tasks, completing projects and reaching milestones, but that is a light refreshment rather than the true reward. The real enjoyment comes from the process of creation in of itself. The reward is the experience. When you listen to a song, you are not listening merely to have heard it, and likewise when you sing a song you are not singing merely to have sung it.

If you have done something a thousand times, is it because you wanted to perfect it? Or is it because you enjoy doing it so much that you are compelled to do it a thousand times? I don’t believe I could will myself to do something a thousand times if I did not enjoy it or the outcome.

This shows us obsession is no less a source of mastery than dedication. After all what is obsession? You could label obsession a negative trait or a defect and perhaps in extreme instances, or those where the obsession involves detriment to others it is.  However in it’s milder, and more benign or controlled forms is a sort of voluntary dedication. That is to say a peculiar type of dedication that does not seem to require effort, and if it does, it does not feel like it does.

For example someone who is obsessed with a particular author may read all of their books back to back and learn everything that author had to teach, something which for others may feel treacherously boring. They may practice an instrument arduously for hours a day and not for a single minute feel that they are obligated to do so.

We are thus propelled both forward and upward, not by financial necessity nor material enticement, but by spiritual necessity and an insatiable lust for the labors of life in and of themselves. We create not to have created or to be creators but simply for the pleasure to create again.

The sun does not rise to give the energy of light that allows our crops to photosynthesize. It rises because of the earth’s tendencies to rotate and revolve around it. Likewise if someone derives enjoyment or utility from something I wrote, as great as that is, would not make it the reason why I wrote it.

It may be the reason why I choose to distribute some of my work, but I was writing long before that. Just as most painters were like busying themselves with brush in hand long before anybody genuinely enjoyed their work. Ergo if one is going to pursue something anyways, they may as well attempt to make the most out of it.

If you take the time to craft or create your going to get better over time. Similarly if you do something consistently, why not put in the effort of doing it well? Arduous practice aside, this may consist of studying the deeper logic behind it,  acquiring related skills and sub skills that directly or indirectly lend support to the primary, and finding new ways to adapt and apply these skills to different areas and patterns of creation in order to manifest innovative ideas and solve new types of problems.

If we take the time to develop a craft which could lend to the entertainment and utility of others, why not distribute it? If your gonna work on something regardless of weather or not it earns you wealth, why not do so in a way that opens up the potential to earn wealth with it?

I  like many creative types, started writing without any purpose beyond feeling a sort of internal need to write. As we continue however, we create new opportunities for additional purposes. In a similar sense you could call this article is a microcosm of that phenomena

Furthermore if you do the right thing for the right reasons, does that permit one the right to expect the right results? Maybe not, but it ought too. To some of you this article may not have said a word. Some of you might be a little more adept at reading between the lines. If a picture tells a thousand words than certainly a thousand words must paint a picture. What kind of picture did this paint for you?

 

 

 

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70 why should Is? To make you question yourself.

1. Why should I read this blog post?

2. Why should I spend my time and money on a college degree?

3. Why should I go out and devote a third of my day for a negligible amount of money?

4. Why should I be asking myself questions in the first place?

5. Why should I be thinking?

6. Why should I listen to someone who advises against a major life decision when it is against ones own intuition?

7. Why should I pick my beliefs in accordance with the beliefs of those around me?

8. Why should I hold myself back?

9. Why should I not follow my own ideal?

10. Why should I waste time doing things I don’t like to do and have no immediate need for?

11. Why should I not accept help when it is being offered when all things are willed to happen for a reason?

12. Why should I eat when I am not hungry?

13. Why should I sleep if I am not tired?

14. Why should I dwell on the words of others more than my own words?

15. Why should I tell myself I have nothing to write about when I always have something to talk about?

16. Why should I answer my phone if I do not feel like talking?

17. Why should I care about others to an extent that detracts from my own happiness (not including children and family)?

18. Why should I value a significant other’s wishes over a child’s unless that significant other is required to take care of that child?

19. Why should I box in my thinking by clinging to the cultural norm?

20. Why should I ignore or overlook factual, statistical, or empirical evidence just because it challenged something I already believed?

21. Why should I write off a source of information because of some unrelated negative quality or action conducted by the source?

22. Why should I romanticize something negative instead of moving on to a more positive topic?

23. Why should I repeat an action determined to have a negative outcome?

24. Why should I lower my standards of living instead of pushing my own resourcefulness?

25. Why should I ever not believe in myself?

26. Why should I let guilt or fear hold me back from further positive decision making?

27. Why should I feel guilt in situations where I’ve done nothing to hurt anyone?

28. Why should I feel guilty rather than just take responsibility for my actions?

29. Why should I waste time worrying when I can do something to make my situation better?

30. Why should I waste my thoughts when I could be recording them for a future project or actively using them as a part of one?

31. Why should I pick up hobbies I don’t find genuine enjoyment in and which aren’t relevant to my goals?

32. Why should I own things I never use, that I did not create and bears no novel, sentimental, or spiritual significance?

33. Why should I let someone else’s perception of me supersede my own unless it is raising an ethical or moral concern?

34. Why should I take a failure as an entire defeat?

35. Why should I buy a product I don’t want or need just because it is on sale?

36. Why should I fear death when I have no control over it?

37. Why should I worry or feel guilty for things I have no control of?

38. Why should I consume alcohol when I know it to be addicting and troublesome for myself in particular, just because the social situation permits it?

39. Why should I consult someone for help without first thoroughly trying to work through the problem on my own?

40. Why should I turn down a potentially useful new connection based on a poor reference from someone else?

41. Why should I take a secondhand source over a first?

42. Why should I think in terms of yes or no without considering a middle point or a duality?

43. Why should I feel bad for someone who is rightfully paying for their actions?

44. Why should I tell the truth to someone I have no loyalty to within a context where honor and ethics are not applicable, when it is directly against my advantage and or intuition?

45. Why should I listen to other people’s advice on appearance when it’s in opposition towards what I like when I look in the mirror?

46. Why should I choose the pursuit of active income over the pursuit of passive income, when I cannot yet make an active wage doing things I enjoy?

47. Why should I spend more money when I’m not being guaranteed a higher quality or quantity of product?

48. Why should I own a vehicle if I don’t need one?

49. Why should I value acquiring more material possession over acquiring new skills and practical knowledge?

50. Why should I look for excuses too avoid growth?

51. Why should I fear criticism of my work instead of welcome it?

52. Why should I second guess my intuition?

53. Why should I waste time on social media when I’m not interested in talking to someone?

54. Why should I watch whatever’s on TV instead of looking for something to watch or read online (or from my bookshelf) that actually interests me?

55. Why should I continue to listen to music I’m bored of instead of looking for a new artist who’s similar too, was influenced by or was an inspiration of an artist I listen too?

56. Why should I still be writing/reading this article when I have a bunch of other seemingly more urgent things to do?

57. Why should I settle for comfort when more enjoyment can be found in the strive for self improvement?

58. Why should I waste time dwelling on that which I’ve no control over?

59. Why should I attempt to convince myself I want things which I do not actually want?

60. Why should I drive places I know I could easily walk too?

61. Why should I go out of my way to look for reasons to mentally persecute myself?

62. Why should I consistently waste resources on people who bring nothing of interest to my life?

63. Why should I outsource my happiness when I can be the source?

64. Why should I should I take offense rather than amusement when I’m the butt of someone’s joke?

65. Why should I value what others think is right other than what I know empirically or logically to be right?

66. Why should I choose oversynthesized pharmaceuticals over safer and often times more effective natural, herbal, and holistic solutions?

67. Why should I spend time helping people I know are ultimately working against me?

68. Why should I dwell on loneliness when I can utilize my alone time to be more productive?

69. Why should I worry about what I don’t know instead of exploring what I can do with what I do know?

70. Why should I write my next article? Feel free to answer this one in the comments section!