Originally posted by msfitte
reply to post by Lightbringer38
Not sure what reaction you're looking for. The "do what you love/what makes you happy" is nice in theory but in practice it just doesn't work that
It's no surprise to me that many of those the narrator questioned want to do things in the arts realm. Artistic things of all types feed the soul but
when you've got kids to literally feed as well, the soul needs to take a backseat no matter how depressing it becomes
Wally Wannawrite may be just as talented and committed to crafting stories as Stephen King, but for whatever reason never got the buzz or big
following to make it profitable. So he goes about his 40 or more hours a week doing whatever it takes for himself and his family to survive. And if
he's lucky he has enough energy and brain power on his hours off to write for himself and maybe publish for those who know about and appreciate his
I have to respectfully disagree with you, and in doing so, hope I might hit something here;
Can we agree that (perhaps almost) every single human being on this planet has a drive, a passion, something they love doing? Some might not know what
that is yet, others might almost be at the peak of their accomplishments with said passion, but I'm sure nearly everyone has it, whether they know it
or not (yet).
There are 7 billion people walking around on this globe.
Imagine if every one of those 7 billion just did what they feel they were born to do.
Do you, now, honestly think there will be a single thing on your very personal list of "things necessary in MY life" that not at least one other
person on this planet shares a need for with you? That not at least one person per item on your list is driven enough to actually do it and do it with
that much pleasure that they don't require pay in exchange? Now what happens when 7 billion people love doing what they do so much?
Don't you agree that it is often those that love music most, that produce it best, those that love videogames, that are most interested in making
them, those that love to grow food, that are actually in the business of doing so, whether professionally or as a hobby gardener, those that are most
interested in medicine, in helping people, that become the doctors, the nurses... I can go on forever, you get it I'm sure.
And yes, I agree, there will always be people that are "better" (it's all subjective) at things, but why does this imply that others who are not as
good shouldn't do it, or at least not for a living? If you are a vegetable gardener and your harvest counts one tomato less than your neighbor's,
does this mean you are a bad gardener? Should you stop gardening? If you were a farmer, should you seek another profession? No, you contribute, as you
were intended to.
Money clouds peoples intentions, suddenly you have a whole bunch of writers, musicians,... who do it not because they love doing IT, but love they PAY
it can provide. And what do you get then? The ones that are most passionate are often prevented from doing so in a way they would love to do it,
because money has become a factor, and one that, sadly, not everyone has readily available to them.
I would love to argue about this;
Is a musics teacher really a good teacher, if all he does it for is the money he gets for it? Isn't teaching about sharing knowledge you hold, rather
than selling information you know to others who have enough money to acquire it?