Monday, February 23, 2009

Creativity and Suffering

Elizabeth Gilbert (author of Eat, Pray, Love) muses on the impossible things we expect from writers and others artists -- and shares her belief (which I hold to as well) that the notion that all true creatives are doomed to experience great sorrow and suffering in life is an unfortunate byproduct of the Age of Rationalism, and that being an artist, though certainly difficult, need not lead to self destruction.

For anyone out there who has experienced the mystical process that is writing, Gilbert's talk will not only encourage you, but challenge you to choose to engage with your creativity in a new way--a way that doesn't require you to live in depression as the price for being good at your art, but encourages you to see creativity for the divine wonder that it can be.

(video is 19 minutes long)


3 comments:

Anonymous said...

There's something about the essence of what is said here that reminds me of Madeleine L'Engle's book, "Walking on Water".

Very encouraging and informative. Thanks for posting this.

Cynthia Loy Darst said...

Thanks Michael,
Jeff Jacobson was telling me about her at dinner Friday night. Thanks for delivering this reminder right to my lap.
Fabulous!
Wishing you a fullfiling, and not too-filling day,;-)
Love, Cynthia

Cody Kanz said...

Ole ole ole.