On a boat there can be a cargo of wisdom. I’ve brought along some marvelous books. Samuel Adoquei’s ‘How Successful Artists Study’ is an up-to-date, practical guide for the transition from art school to the professional world of art. In it he talks about the ‘Five worlds of artists’:
1. The inner, personal world.
2. The real and practical world.
3. The outside, commercial world.
4. The future, aspiring world.
5. The fantasy world of dreams.
Adoquei suggests budding artists need to get their worlds separated from one another. Mixing fantasy with practicality is a leaky proposition.
How I’ve wondered: is this the source of humanity’s crisis? Could the universal consolidation of—in Adoquei’s language— our “worlds” be the key to overcoming the challenges, sufferings, misfortunes and cruelties that plague our existence? What if we enable our Higher Selves to consistently function in all situations, for all purposes; let go of the facades, remove our masks? What if we crushed the stoicism only sought to protect us from our own projected fears?
I’m what many call an “idealist.” But it is a gross underestimation of the human spirit to presume that progress is impossible just because only some seem capable of attaining it, and not all. So also is it a mistake to label the hypothetical as “impossible” simply because it contradicts the status quo. All progress contradicts the status quo. That is how progress functions.
At one point in time, there was no Earth. And then there was Earth.
At one point in time, there were no organisms. And then there were organisms.
At one point in time, there were no humans. And then there were humans.
It is difficult for our brains to imagine evolution over long periods of time. Earth did not form in 1 singular moment; organisms did not spring into existence in a second, nor did humans suddenly emerge from the mist of mammals. And so, too, do ideas develop over time. At one point in history, there was no controlled fire (let alone electricity, air crafts, underwater tunnels). There wasn’t even the notion. A cynic at the time may have called the fire-worshipers idealists.
There is nothing idealistic about the belief that anything imagined is possible. It’s a logical conclusion: if it can be thought, it can be made manifest. And if it hasn’t been thought, who says it won’t? We cannot begin to imagine the future. But we can try.
You won’t see winged tigers on Earth so long as tigers settle for stripes.
But when the Tiger, meditating on Hir rock, longs for Wings,
and believes in both Stripes AND Wings,
rest assured, a Winged Tiger will emerge.