by Allie Burke
In his piece, Self-Reliance, Ralph Waldo Emerson presents the idea that we must be self-reliant—in our ideas, beliefs, environment, and ultimately, in the structure of our lives—to be an individual in society. But Emerson wrote this piece in 1841. How do his ideas of non-conformity apply today? People my age, with mental illnesses, who are somewhat offended by the statements “Millennials ruin everything; we can’t even joke around anymore” or “When I was your age I owned a house” but are also somewhat uncomfortable by the idea of identifying as Millennials because we work 8-to-5 jobs—where do we fit in, and how? Our generation seeks to never conform, but what about those of us who still work in Corporate America and who still care about what people think of us? How can we be self-reliant but also thrive in a world that so obviously doesn’t respect that idea? What would Emerson do?
Continue reading Self Reliance: The Rise of the Millennial
by Eleanor Parker Sapia
“It is very interesting that foolish people make the world what it is, and wise people have to live in it. Foolish people can create disasters, but they cannot endure them; wise people do not cause them, but they can endure them. One of the proofs of wisdom is the fact it can survive the shock and stress of change and the shock and stress of error. There is something immortal about wisdom because wisdom can live in an environment where stupidity cannot exist. Wisdom possesses a certain immortality. A wise person can live in a world as it is, regardless of what that world may be, regardless of the religions and philosophies, or absence of them, regardless of the intemperances and intolerances. That which is truly wise flows continuously and placidly on its way, unmoved in itself by any of the changes which affect and afflict that which is unwise.”
~ Manly P. Hall
Continue reading Creativity and Making Art Today: Wisdom or Folly?
by Kevin Nordstrom
It’s routine in our house in the morning, when my almost 8 month old son awakes, for he, my wife and I to lay in bed together. We allow ourselves the time to wake slowly and bask in the happiness and calm we have before the madness of the day begins.
This morning was no different. At least at first.
Continue reading I’m Sorry
It scares the hell out of me to publish this the day before the American presidential election, but a lot of people are interested in reading it and I promised. Please do not judge me too harshly. I wrote it because it was homework.
How Our Government Has Failed Us, and What We Should Do About It
The American people are living in a period of time that is frustrating, stressful, and emotionally draining. Many of us, myself included, have cited the desire—more than once—to give up. To hide. To drink with our friends or read our favorite book as an escape during the presidential debates. This is the role of government in our society. A system that directly causes its citizens to dread its presence, as if we are children at Christmastime, avoiding that great aunt who pinches our cheeks without our permission. But if we are to be successful as a thriving country with the foundational basis of freedom, we cannot just close our eyes and cringe. We have to be strong and tell Aunt Ginny no, you have pinched my cheeks too many times and I have had enough. I don’t like you anyway. We must stand up for what we know to be right, which is, and has always been the right to be free and unchained by a government that does not do the right thing for its people. We have a right to live happily in our society by feeling empowered to accept nothing less than the best for our people, which is to accept nothing less for ourselves and our children.
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Auspicious Arts Incubator, a new 501c3 in Australia is looking for twelve special artists to welcome into their Transformation Program. On September 29, they will begin their 12-week journey from starving artist to thriving entrepreneur. Auspicious Arts Incubator believes that art has the capacity to expand the empathetic tendencies of the people it touches, and have made it their commitment to teach artists how to make money while doing what they love.
Continue reading New Non-Profit Brings Art Back Into Our World