Your Established Order, and Stealing Fire

“…art is something subversive. It’s something that should not be free. Art and liberty, like the fire of Prometheus, are things that one must steal, to be used against the established order.

…the right to free expression is something one seizes, not something one is given…. if it does exist, it exists to be used against the established order…. There is absolute opposition between the artist and the state.”

–Picasso, from Life with Picasso, by F. Gilot and C. Lake

Dare I create seize an opportunity to add to anything Picasso said? Why certainly. Just a thought, but ‘the established order’ he mentions in a political context might find a parallel in the structure we’ve created in our lives. And that which has been created for us…

We might not wake up each day to disrupt our own lives, and gratuitous disruption can become degenerative. But as society has disruptive elements in artists, tech entrepreneurs, the better teachers at your local high school and pub, etc., to show it new directions, there’s a value in maintaining in ourselves a healthy capacity for shaking up ‘the established order’ periodically.

Because sometimes this order exists for no other reason than shrugging non-decision on our part and a dull momentum through time.

Can there be a link between disruption and a healthy renewal in one’s own life? Of course.

We call it disruption before we leap and renewal afterward.

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