Know Thyself First

Socrates explains that any attempt to understand the obscure before knowing one’s self is ridiculous. Plato postulates that it is only by understanding thyself first that a person can then begin to understand human nature. As I travel to new places, meet new people, and experience diverse ways of living, thinking, and expressing, I realize that the underlying premise of my Art is Power quest is to understand myself and how I fit into the world. It is only by breaking out of my comfort zone, entering into the process of educating myself that I can do this. A quote that I recently found that explains what education is goes as follows,

“The object of education is to give man the unity of truth.” Rabindranath Tagore.

Entering into the creative process is an educational endeavor, which is an act of uncovering truth. It is only through introspection, asking ourselves the hard questions, and critically examining our experiences that we can understand ourselves and our world. This is not an easy journey, which is why the phrase, Sapere aude, which is Latin for “Dare to know,” “Dare to be wise,” or “Dare to think for yourself” is associated with the age of enlightenment, a time when the audacious opened up the world of possibilities by subverting oppressive establishment doctrines.

Though resigning from a career that I enjoyed and selling off my possessions has been a sacrifice, it pales in comparison to the thousands who were burned on crosses, hanged, or tortured for their inquiries. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to constantly live outside of my comfort zone and speak to some of the most forward thinking people on the planet to uncover the reasons why I am so compelled to create and why, no matter where one travels, the world is full of people who possess the the same need. Art is Power is how make sense of myself and why other humans beings dance, sing, draw, paint, write, and invest their beings into their various art forms.