“If you want to write, if you want to create, you must be the most sublime fool that God ever turned out and sent rambling. You must write every single day of your life. You must read dreadful dumb books and glorious books, and let them wrestle in beautiful fights inside your head, vulgar one moment, brilliant the next. You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads. I wish you a wrestling match with your Creative Muse that will last a lifetime. I wish craziness and foolishness and madness upon you. May you live with hysteria, and out of it make fine stories — science fiction or otherwise. Which finally means, may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.”
― Ray Bradbury
Art involves folly and perhaps a bit of hubris. To believe that you can bring a feeling or a knowing to others through an image, a story or song lyrics takes guts. Yet for those who create and that includes everyone in one way or another, it is what we attempt to do. What are the very words we speak but symbols we string together to convey meaning. Through exposing ourselves to how others have communicated in these ways in the past and even more importantly developing clarity and compassion, we can learn to connect better with others. Art can touch us in ways that mere spoken words cannot. Through story, song and image we touch not only the minds but the hearts of others.
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