“Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are dead.” Aldous Huxley
Reading that makes me happy. It reminds me that I am alive and as long as I’m alive my curiosity and inquisitiveness will lead me places that aren’t consistent with what I’ve done before or what I said I planned to do “no matter what”. It’s reminds me that a logical conclusion is not the only, nor is it necessarily, the most desirable conclusion. Life is full of oxymorons and “questionable-to-the-status-quo” outcomes. Look at the platypus.
I swear we’re given an extra “what if”
As artists, I swear we’re given an extra sense to sniff out the hidden, the disjunctures, the odd thing that doesn’t fit the existing paradigm. I swear we’re given an extra “what if” muscle so we’ll automatically throw together things that “don’t match” or are “too much” or “not enough.”
It’s better to be fully alive and breathing fully than one of the walking dead
It goes with the territory. It makes life and art a grand adventure. It can get one in big trouble or at best, frowned at or censured. But, at end of a patch of challenges and “no’s” and “you can’t do that’s”, it’s better to be fully alive and breathing fully than one of the walking dead treading the tightrope of what’s allowed.
It’s scary. And it’s fun! I’m a multi-dimensional artist. Are you with me?