In a recent poll, 24 to 25 percent of young German people interviewed by journalists answered the question “what do you want to do when you’re an adult” by stating that they wanted to be artists. What are they picturing?
What do they think being an artist means, exactly? Are they thinking about the rich possibilities that the art market offers? Well, maybe, but I don’t think so.
I think that they are saying that they want to be artists because they feel that being an artist means to escape a future of sadness, to escape a future of precariousness as sadness.
They are thinking, well, precariousness and sadness can become something different, something not so sad, not so precarious, if they withdraw their faith, if they withdraw from any expectations a capitalist future can offer. I don’t want to expect anything from the future, so I start my future as an artist.
- Franco Berardi
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And in the words of Jason Mraz:
Go be that starving artist you're afraid to be. Open up that journal and get poetic, finally. Volunteer. Suck it up and travel. You were not born here to work and pay taxes. You were put here to be part of a vast organism, to explore and create. Stop putting it off. The world has much more to offer than what's on fifteen televisions at TGI Fridays. Take pictures. Scare people. Shake up the scene. Be the change you want to see in the world. You'll thank yourself for it.
Get started this Easter. Take your life offline and surprise yourself with a daring, creative act. Shake up your soul.