of Expression? or Art for the Ego?
by Dan Carrone / Opinion
recently saw a movie that was released in
2001. The title of the movie was "A Beautiful
Mind". It is a story about a man named John
Nash who was a mathematical genius. He came
up with a formula that is used in today's
world economics. What is funny is that everyone,
not just world money markets, can apply
his formula to everyday life. It is a simple
formula, easy to understand but in the end
can pay off with major success to all those
formula basically stated that if every man
and woman when faced with a decision, would
look at all options and choose the one that
not only helps them advance but also everyone
around them, everyone would win every time.
This formula is pretty much the same as
the golden rule in its effectiveness. If
everyone did unto others, as you would want
others to do unto you, wouldn’t everyone
reason we see so many people that do not
want to cooperate with these formulas is
due to the fact that we as humans have something
called free will. Everyone has a choice.
It is up to you to make the choices that
define who you are and who you will become.
It is up to you to make choices that gratify
one’s ego or help others. It is no secret
that when we think of others before ourselves,
it not only makes us feel better but it
also makes that person feel better. If you
treat everyone, even those you dislike and
strangers with good temperament, you can
improve your heart, your life, and even
hope by bringing this up that I can educate
others and make them see that hating, jealousy,
and any other negative emotion associated
with gratifying one’s self ego is not productive
to anyone. It may give short-term success,
but it will vanish rapidly and leave misery
and pain. It always does.
did the expression through art become a
competition? The reason I ask is because
even in today’s mainstream industry, the
artists and bands squabble over who is best.
One great example was Voo Doo Fest this
past weekend. On Sunday several bands were
playing, and one of the first bands, after
their set was complete, called out to a
band named “Shine Down” to top that. Why
would these artists be so concerned with
toping each other? Are they not all doing
the same thing and expressing their emotions
through music? Again at the festival, the
band named “Green Day” made a remark about
the group “Sonic Youth”. It is these types
of competitive remarks that should not be
exercised. They all are doing what they
love and being successful in what they do.
Still they must hunt down negativity and
exercise it publicly.
see this negative productivity in our own
local scene also and it does not stop with
the bands. People are constantly out to
out do the next person so that they can
be top dog. My close personal friend would
call this the “crabs in a bucket” theory.
When one crab gets to the top of the bucket
and is about to escape, another crab will
grab him and pull him back down in to the
bucket. I see this at work 7 days a week,
365 days a year here. This negative energy
is not productive. No one will ever go anywhere
until people learn to work together and
remove these ego-pleasing emotions of greed,
hate, and jealousy. Many do not realize
that together we can make a difference.
That together, everyone can be successful.