Monday, 17 June 2013
The Insecure Flute
Does a flute worry about how it's notes will be received?
Is it sitting there, anxious, about how each one will sound to the ears of this audience member, or that audience member?
Does it chart the market? Does it get a sense of the demographics? Of the values and interests of the people who hear it, so it can play to them?
No. It just plays. It's just a rod of steel or a tube of wood, or bone. The breath moves through it, and the sound comes.
This is a way to live. All anxiety depends, for it's existence, on trying to get a certain result. It's action judged by consequence, and this is how the world lives. It's why anxiety is so common, which is to say, essentially universal.
Don't worry about how what you say will be received. Instead, refocus on how clear a note you're striking, from that one song that unites us all.
And then you won't need to worry about how what you are saying will be received. You won't need to worry about it connecting with others, or resonating with others.
It will resonate, because it is the deepest and best of humanity which is that song. No human can hear it and resist. No human can hear it, and not be made better by it.