“What we do and create most often ends up being about meeting the perceived needs related to what we think people want and not what their needs actually are or what our own needs might be within that experience, so we are often left creating toothless pap that can be easily digested by the broadest community we can imagine and no one in particular. We try to appeal to the things a community of hundreds or thousands might all agree on like we’re all Martha Stewarts selling boring sheet sets. We erase ourselves, and we erase the actual individuals who take part in what we do.
We end up honouring surface wants over the real life meat of who we are and the work that we do.
No wonder it is so easy to lose perspective on who we are and what our actual place and purpose is in the world when we live in a system that works to subvert it entirely into social servitude. How can we know what is important and why it is important to us when we are so often consumed with appealing to and meeting the needs of a question we only imagine people are asking?
If I see a real and meaty you, I am better able to recognize the real and meaty me, and then someone else sees that in me and so in turn in themselves, and on it goes. We don’t have to devote our lives to appeals for the most minimal levels of social power and acceptance. We can become real and inconvenient and complicated and sometimes ugly and memorable and loveable and honest and bright. We can become known.”
An excerpt from “We Can Become Known” by Schmutzie. Read the entire article HERE. [This is, by far, the best thing I’ve read on the internet in quite a while.]