Conscience and Creativity

So here we are at the end of another month and, oh my goodness, what a month it has been. It’s been a month of highs and lows and moments of” I just can’t believe what is happening, but I better keep breathing because not breathing won’t make anything better.” So today, for my first calligraphy quote post back after a little break, I share a quote that I did earlier this year and quite liked, but wasn’t quite sure how to articulate a post around it.

"I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashion." Lillian Hellman

But now I know what I want to write. It’s a good thing to remember that we all have consciences and that we all have a choice on how we will behave and act and think and do in this world. And even when it seems like the world is going crazy and darkness really is overtaking the light, I need to stand firm in my conscience that tells me that it is still important and right to fight for social justice and kindness and empathy when others are spewing hatred. That it is right to take concrete actions to help others, both those who are in my neighborhood and those who are far away. That is is true that art is both frivolous and a necessity. It can be resistance and solidarity.

So this quote from Hellman gives me an extra bit of resolve that cutting my conscience is not only not right, but for me it isn’t possible. And that how I create and share my art must be aligned with my conscience.

I hope you find strength as we head into the last month of the year to be bold and empathetic, kind and just, merciful and strong. We need all these facets in our lives and our art. And I hope you always have someone in your corner to help pick you up when it all gets to be too much.

There will be a Saturday Short this week because there needs to be one, for me and for you.