Commentary

Working Class Blues

In the midst of all of life's uncertainties, I find myself struggling to be the creative vessel that once defined me. It's good to really run with it once that spark hits. Art can sometimes be a really good distraction, from everything else that is going on. It's good to use your ingenuity for your own piece of mind and as a comparison to past works that you have done.

My skills haven't motivated me to start accepting art commissions, since that might take the joy out of consolation. The tendency to be selfish with my artwork has been the going rate. Perhaps the inability to really be able to earn what one is worth creates certain despondency and takes the incentive away. This is compounded by the fact that there is a lack of efficacy or ability to produce desired results. Even applying yourself is no longer fool-proof.

The socio-political divide in the US is unlikely to go away anytime soon, which includes an evaporating middle class. We are constantly reminded that there is not much reckoning power, agency or independent influence for the average citizen. The current debate over net neutrality is another reminder that either the walls are closing in on us or we are simply being flushed out more forcibly these days. JB
Few guarantees are offered to us, when we are born. For example, a lifetime of employment is just not promised and neither is good health, which is required to be able to stay in the work force. It becomes apparent that every decade presents its challenges. As you age, the opportunities aren't there as much as they use to be. In addition to that, your communities become even more insular. The reality is that you have to be as obnoxious as you possibly can for anyone to even know you're alive and even then exposure doesn't always translate as income.

It takes so much for some people to live and next to nothing for others but we do the best we can with what we have. The socio-political divide in the US is unlikely to go away anytime soon, which includes an evaporating middle class. We are constantly reminded that there is not much reckoning power, agency or independent influence for the average citizen. The current debate over net neutrality is another reminder that either the walls are closing in on us or we are simply being flushed out more forcibly these days.

12/13/17

To be continued...possibly