I recently witnessed a convo ...more like heavy debate... between two people about art having no meaning because of the content or "skill" of the artist, and/or etc. etc. etc. I didn't feel the urge to insert myself at the time (unless you count me chuckling out, "Are you guys STILL on that topic?!"*rolling eyes* about 20 minutes into it) but decided to blog about it instead.
So here it is: EVERYTHING IS MEANINGLESS. YES, MEANING IS ONLY WHAT WE DECIDE IT SHOULD BE.
My good friend, Michael J, has this tattooed on his arm: "EVERYTHING IS MEANINGLESS" and when I asked him he would say just that with no explanation that I can recall. I could never quite wrap my head around it until one day it just clicked and mostly when I get the "click" it is like I somehow always knew that...but just forgot. So, perhaps my explanation will clarify it.
I could put meaning into anything; like my sparkly shoelaces or this keyboard I'm typing on. Do I? Not at the moment, but that could change if I so choose. And so could the DEGREE of meaning if I allow it. For example, the shoelaces could've been a gift from my children in which case I might place deep meaning into them. But just because someone puts meaning into something does not mean you have to agree; hence, most people probably wouldn't give a rat's ass about my shoelaces. Of course, relationships are another topic I won't get into and most of us do put heftier degrees of meaning into those. And even deeper still is the practice of non-attachment ....but that might require me writing a book and I sincerely LOATHE writing. lol ...so, naturally, I have a fucking blog (smh)
IT IS EACH OUR INDIVIDUAL CHOICE TO PLACE MEANING INTO ANYTHING.
Are you letting other people's or organization's opinions about the meaning of things dictate the meaning you place on things for yourself? If the local government tells me I should care deeply about putting a lamp post at the end of my street, does it serve me to cry over it every day? It may be an exaggerated example but, my WORD!!, the THINGS we waste our precious time and energy over just because SOMEONE ELSE tells us we need to!!!
Let that sink in and ask yourself, "Am I choosing to put meaning into things that serve me and this world as a whole well?" If not, re-evaluate what is exhausting your efforts. You might need to change the way you view it or simply move on from that person, place, thing or circumstance. It's a constant process and you'll find so much freedom in knowing that you can control this for yourself. And if, as a collective, we put deep meaning into incredibly beneficial endeavors for humanity as a whole.....well.....do you know the magic that can happen?!!
WAY TO HANDLE SHIFT!