What is art?

All art is useless, I think Oscar Wilde said that.

A fork is useful but I could live without a fork. Art is use-less but I couldn’t live without it.

We slave away in our so called ‘proper’ jobs doing very important stuff to earn lots of money. We’re told at school and by parents that the arts aren’t important and we need to focus on math, science etc so we can get those ‘proper’ jobs.

Then what do we spend our money on from our proper jobs? Well, art for the house, music to listen to, we go to watch a play, we go to the cinema to watch a film, we watch TV, we watch YouTube, we buy a beautifully designed and crafted piece of furniture, we pay an architect to design our new house, we buy a beautifully designed fancy car that looks amazing and so on.

Yep, we work hard to spend our money on stuff that artists, musicians, actresses, designers, architects, creative writers, and so on, who have worked tirelessly as an artist to bring you their art to entertain you or for your enjoyment.

Art is imperfect and it is the imperfect that we love in life, the cracks are how the light gets in.

Useful things are just that, utilitarian and functional. Art is the life and soul of the party, the reason to be alive.

Art is life and without it life would be just useful. I want a use-less life filled with art.

Leave the fork in the draw

If I said to you ‘get a fork out of the draw and stab yourself with it all day long’ the response would more than likely be ‘no!!! that’s crazy…why would anyone do that?’

Yet mentally we choose to stab ourselves with a fork all day long and make ourselves suffer from our mind and its ego. We choose how we react to anything, whether or not to let it matter and affect us. We choose whether or not to accept what is or suffer denying it. We choose to resist what is and suffer trying to make it different when that is impossible.

Leave the fork in the draw and be kind to yourself and choose not to suffer.