Tuesday, August 7, 2007

The War of Art

I've been browsing through, (it's quite an easy read) this book by Steven Pressfield called The War of Art- Winning the Inner Creative Battle. It has been quite inspiring to react against what Pressfield labels as Resistance, with a capital R. Much of what he says makes sense, and he makes his point in one page per idea. It makes for a fun read. Here was the quote that struck me most so far:
Depression and anxiety may be real. But they can also be Resistance. When we drug ourselves to blot out our soul's call, we are being good Americans. We're doing exactly what TV commericals and pop materialist culture have been brainwashing us to do from birth. Instead of applying self-knowledge, self-discipline, delayed gratification, and hard work, we simply consume a product. Many pedestrians have been maimed or killed at the intersectin of Resistance and Commerce...

This witful and somewhat scathing remark tells me that not only is Resistance futile in Consumer Culture, but that Resistance may just be the Devil.

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