Down boys, down boys. With the comments from my last posting, I feel compelled to respond. Who am I to judge someone who is pursuing their dream? Let me tell you. I aspire to be a writer. That’s right. But I’m not some ninny pondering the next great American novel while sleeping on friends’ couches like this guy does. I have to be self-supporting first. Let me repeat. I must be self-supporting. If not, I’d be on the street writing poetry for anyone who’ll spare a quarter.
One walks a dangerous line in pursuing his dream if the rest of his life is not prosperous. I’m not talking prosperous in the sense of living in a fucking mansion. But this guy does not have his own residence. He’s in his mid-thirties and sleeping on a couch. Oh wait, did I say that already?
If it’s your passion, I assume you’re good at it. Teach on the side. Line up gigs like there’s no tomorrow. There is something called resourcefulness.
The heated comments beg me to ask…does that make it ok to pursue one’s passion, one’s dream at all costs…just because, ipso facto, it is that person’s aspiration???
I guess it’s good material for a song. A damn good-for-nothing, impractical song.
You know, it boils down to doing what’s right for you. This guy is doing what’s right for him. And I will do what’s write for me–pursuing my passion while sustaining a professional career. Fatefully, our paths crossed, but they uncrossed quickly. We have opposing philosophies in how we carry out our lives. I take an objectivist approach. I think Ayn Rand was a genius. “The Fountainhead.” “Atlas Shrugged.” Read them. Her novels are life-changing.
“Reason is man’s only proper judge of values and his only proper guide to action. The proper standard of ethics is: man’s survival qua man—i.e., that which is required by man’s nature for his survival as a rational being (not his momentary physical survival as a mindless brute). Rationality is man’s basic virtue, and his three fundamental values are: reason, purpose, self-esteem. Man—every man—is an end in himself, not a means to the ends of others; he must live for his own sake, neither sacrificing himself to others nor sacrificing others to himself; he must work for his rational self-interest, with the achievement of his own happiness as the highest moral purpose of his life.”