Dare to Be Idle

But the great artists like Michelangelo and Blake and Tolstoi–like Christ whom Blake called an artist because he had one of the most creative imaginations that ever was on earth–do not want security, egoistic or materialistic. Why, it never occurs to them. “Be not anxious for the morrow,” and “which of you being anxious can add one cubit to his stature?”

So they dare to be idle, i.e. not to be pressed and duty-driven all the time. They dare to love people even when they are very bad, and they dare not to try and dominate others to show them what they must do for their own good (Brenda Ueland, If You Want to Write: A Book About Art, Independence, and Spirit).

 

One response

  1. Reminds me of a Buddhist saying– paraphrased– don’t just do something, stand there!

    and

    “Maslow’s five values are the values for which people live when they have nothing to live for. Nothing has seized them, nothing has caught them, nothing has driven them spiritually mad and made them worth talking to. These are the bores.” -Joseph Campbell, Pathways to Bliss

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