At the end of the day what we leave this existence when we cease to be are the ideas, the ideas behind what we write, the ideas behind what we paint, the emotions that we put into each song, dance, or instrument we play.
We can’t live like this forever. We don’t have that much time. We must try doing someting of significane. Making art or music that would endure. Thinking thoughts that grows, thoughts that are passed on!
Jonathan Harris recently gave a talk at a Flash conference, attended by a community of people that pride themselves on producing amazing work, and his constructive criticism didn’t go over too well.
With a number of notable exceptions, most of the work I see coming from the Flash community is largely devoid of ideas. There is great obsession with slickness, surface, speed, technology, and language, but very little soul at the core, very little being said. I believe that in the long run, ideas are the only things that survive.
That seems about right.