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April 19, 2006

Artists Have a Harder Time at Holiness?

Andy Rau at the site ThinkChristian had a recent post in which he quoted poet Czeslaw Milosz as saying that artists have a more difficult time living a holy life in some respects. I don't buy it. Artists (no matter what our medium) are famous for our moodiness. But I think we've created a false image of the starving artist, the suffering artist, the tortured artist - and I think it's b.s.

I believe that artists feel things more acutely and see things in a different perspective, which leads to feeling like an outcast at times. Nevertheless, to push this to the point of saying that artists have a harder time being holy - that we have a greater bent to sin - is just silly. In fact, I think it's pride. "Oh look at me! See how hard life is for me? Take pity on me the tortured artist! I've got it harder than all of you! My life is more difficult because I'm an 'artist'! [rolling my eyes]

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