Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Father Leo’s Daily Meditation #essentialsofrecovery

TOLERANCE


“Art, if it is to be reckoned with as one of the great values of life, must teach men . . . tolerance.”

– Somerset Maugham

There is something about art that is accepting, tolerant and reconcilable with “difference”. I have observed that artists — those who paint, write, dance, sculpture, design — are also people who are accepting and tolerant because they need the “different” in order to create and progress. Things cannot stay the same and art is the recorder of man’s journey towards the truth; but mankind needs friction, argument, confrontation, rejection — yes, “difference” in order to grow and develop.

People say that artists are crazy, and I suppose this is true. But we need crazy people to take the world where it needs to go. In the crazy, the seed of genius is often buried.

Lord, before I reject the artist or the “crazy”, let me seriously consider the message.
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