After years of thinking and searching, I may have stumbled upon a potential purpose of the artist. That may sound ridiculous. I mean, what does an artist do for the progress of man? Is there a purpose other than… you know, the usual answers given?
As a science fanatic, I always had a bit of regret that I didn’t go into physics or astronomy. I was late to discover the wonders of reality, the deep beautiful mysteries of the universe. I wasn’t encouraged in my love for science as a kid (I was encouraged in many other things, including music, my lovely and enigmatic parents just weren’t…. scholarly exactly). Becoming an artist, I’ve often questioned the validity of such an occupation. I’ve always worried that pursuing science would have had more tactile and practical benefits to truth and humanity.
I’m starting to believe strongly that the purpose of the artist is to cut through social delusion. This may be common philosophical knowledge, I’m not sure. But the one unique ability artists have is seeing through socially-agreed-upon memes and ideas. We need artists for paradigm shifts, to search for truth. And this is in fact needed, to pursue relevant science, to progress political systems, to help humanity to new heights.
Lately I’ve been more and more keenly aware of just how many of “our” ideas are actually implanted by others…. almost all would be my guess. I’ve seen it play out in different people and groups of people. I’ve been the hero and the low-life, for example, depending on the social context. I’ve tried to note how memes play out in my mind, as well. It seems likely to me that when the brain gets an idea from external sources, if it agrees, it generally gives itself credit for the idea. So when you hear something, and think you may agree with it, you convince yourself that you felt that way deep down, you’ve always thought that, whatever. And then any subsequent ideas related to it become calcified preferences.
Going to start the goddamned blog this week I swear. Got like 30 posts semi-ready.