Ideals

From Howard Thurman’s Deep Is the Hunger:

“Perhaps the simplest definition of art is that it is the activity by which [people] realize their ideals….  We are all artists in the sense that we are all engaged in some kind of activity by which we are realizing our ideals.”

Then comes the zinger:

“What kind of ideals are you realizing?  There is no neutrality here.  Everybody is engaged in this activity.”

I like that.  Our art is the activity through which we reach our ideals.  Which of course begs the question – through what activity(ies) am I reaching my ideals. Thought of another way, we are all painting pictures, writing stories, composing music [pick an artistic endeavor] in our pursuit of our ideals.

I suppose the planet is our collective museum.

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