I’m hesitant to bring this up. I’m not sure if I can properly cover this in an article. It’s special to me, and precious, and exactly the sort of thing you’re supposed to share with people.
It’s a belief I have. An idea that a friend of mine gave me the seeds to think with. And it’s big, and it involves all of you.
Because if you’re watching the developed world’s stage, there’s an underlying general…push. Taylor Swift, believe it or not, was the first indicator for me. Her push for fair pay when it comes to her songs made me finally sure it was already starting.
And I know I’m being vague here, but I need you to understand at least part of the logic chain before I can get to the point. So bear with me, okay?
And the next bit is YouTube. There are so many people on it now, creators who make a living off of it. It’s expanding, and kind of incredible. And some are now fighting under the phrase “Where’s The Fair Use” for YouTube to protect their artistic freedoms.
And then more and more. I know so many people whose dream is to become an artist. And the platforms are there, websites and streaming and all of these places supporting them. Patreon being a definite big one. And even in the mainstream, the normal stuff, movies and television — even children’s cartoons — are embracing a deeper level of creative activity. People are calling this another Golden Age of Television.
And like a conspiracy theory it clicks when you look at it. And makes me excited and hopeful. Because I don’t think anyone needs to have someone tell them that the world is in bad shape. But in response we’re creating more art, trying to fix things through art.
And it leads me to one conclusion. And the knowledge of it is a big thing that keeps me going as an artist.
And I call it the “Second Renaissance.” And you’re a part of it, and I’m a part of it. And so many beautiful creations and brilliant creators are a part of it. It’s only in its infancy, and that’s why I’m telling you about it. Because I want you to know, that if I’m right, that if the signs are what I think they are, you are not just creating art, and chasing immortality, you are contributing to saving this planet.
Because a more beautiful world is so much harder to blow away through nuclear bombs and chemical warfare. As cliché and trite as it may sound, art might be our salvation.
So I need you to go forward, if you believe in me, and make as much art as you can. And chase being able, if you’re not already, to do it as your life. Every time someone successful or popular shows themselves to be a positive force for artistic respect–like I hope you are–it spreads it further.
And I think it might lead to a sort of paradise on earth. So please spread the message.
I’m trusting you with this. Thank you for listening.
Special thanks to: Bob Gerkin, Collin Pearman, Dylan Alexander, Jerry Banfield, Michael The Comic Nerd, Pulsatilla Pratensis, and Thomas J. West.
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