Make the art only you can make. Live the Truth only you can live.
“Make your work to be in keeping with your purpose.” - Leonardo DaVinci
“Become who you are. Do what only you can do. Be the master and the sculptor of yourself.” - Friedrich Nietzsche
“Don’t Aim to be the Best. Be the Only.” - Kevin Kelly
Throughout the ages, philosophers, artists and sages have all said the same thing, which is this: Do what only you can do, what your soul yearns to do, what you were put here to do.
However, in the modern world, most people are lost and cover up their truth. They are afraid of their truth. They quickly meet what Steven Pressfield, in The War of Art, calls “The Resistance,” which is all the fear, guilt, apathy and anger that subconsciously keeps people from pursuing their Truth with vigor and dedication.
Hence, we’ve become a nihilistic, production and consumption obsessed society. People now live to work and consume. But modern man, for the most part, isn’t truly connected to his work. He simply trades his hours of work for money, so that he may meet his basic needs and continue to pay for the treasured distractions from his Truth.
In 1958, philosopher Eric Fromm, warning about how the USA could destroy itself said,
"I think [for most people], their work is to a large extent meaningless because they are not related to it...the American man unconsciously hates his work very often because he feels trapped by it imprisoned by it because he feels that he’s spending most of his energy for something that has no meaning in itself”
First, modernity (collectively) destroyed our souls by eliminating spirituality and meaning, which, through endless fear and distraction, has separated most of us from our creative Truth.
Next, modernity destroyed our bodies via junk food, and lack of movement, thus destroying our health, vitality, and our internal drive to live our Truth.
And now, modernity is destroying our minds by removing the need to think.
AI will do the work, and algorithms will serve up entertainment while we gorge on dopamine hits through our screens so that we don’t have to face the guilt of the truth that, deep down we already know - we were put on earth to accomplish much more than we are. We were put here to uncover, become, and live our Truth.
“If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.” - Gospel of Thomas
We are, collectively, not bringing forth what is within us, our Truths, and we are suppressing those Truths. And this is, collectively, destroying us.
But, It doesn’t have to be this way. Humans are not meant to live this way. And deep down, we all know it.
Before we can delve into practices, formulas, and methods, we must address the real underlying cause of our unhappiness and our failures to build the lives we want: