Question 5: About 10,000 visitors frequent the Louvre in Paris every Sunday. If an evil wizard threatened to destroy all 10,000 visitors or every piece of art, which would you spare? If you don’t choose, both will be obliterated.
Due Date: Friday, February 7.
I’ve hypothetically asked myself a similar question before: If I had the choice between sacrificing someone’s life and sacrificing my novel, which would I choose?
I’m positive we ask silly, secret questions like this all the time, but what’s more disturbing is my past self’s hesitant answer.
I found myself pouring the best and worst parts of me into my novel; the compilation of who I am as a person. If someone asked me to describe love, fear, temptation, or betrayal, I told them I couldn’t possibly give an answer half as meaningful as the answers found within the pages of my work.
And then I moved on. I grew, and became a different shade of that girl. Sometimes – actually, most of the time – I feel like a completely different person.
Art is an expression of the soul, but only a sliver of the depth of a person. This doesn’t mean art isn’t valuable – the tiniest pieces of life produce immeasurable inspiration. This also means one form of expression cannot outdo another, for it is within the human mind to decide the object’s worth for himself. Art is but another material object human consciousness gives purpose to.
The soul (whether metaphysical or an aspect of our consciousness) creates the greatest and most meaningful works of art.
Thinkies & Thoughties is inspired by The Book of Questions by Doctor Gregory Stock. Grab a cup of coffee — or something a little stronger — and sit down, open up, and share yourself every Friday.
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