Live to CreatePosted by in Uncategorized
Written the day after the Boston Bombing, 2013.
The news out of Boston yesterday devastated me. As a runner myself, I could all too easily imagine jogging down the street, or perhaps cheering on a friend racing the final stretch. The explosion would have lurched me off my feet, left me chocking, ears ringing, hands bleeding from falling on broken glass. I might never have run again.
A marathon is a celebration of life, and the attack on the race was not intended only to kill and maim but also to injure our sense of safety and joy. The villains who perpetrated this had a choice between airing their grievances in a constructive and nonviolent manner to create a better world, or to destroy. They chose poorly.
To create, a painter works thousands of hours for the mastery to craft beauty. A villain needs but seconds to burn art to cinders. More intricate and wonderful than any painting, the human body can perish in the same instant of violence. A villain is someone who despairs of being able to create something of value and instead lives for the pleasure and infamy of destruction.
With the act of destroying so much easier than creation, it would seem humanity stands little chance. And yet we build. Each year we increase our knowledge, create new art, find new cures, and attain new records. Even if destroying is a hundred times easier than creating, for every villain there are a thousand who will stand together and outdo the wrong. Some will even rise to the height of heroes.
I count myself among those who create. As a writer of fantasy novels, I craft new worlds and scribe adventures of imagination. But let’s not loft artists on pedestals. Scientists create new knowledge. Teachers create bright minds. Builders create places of safety. Programmers create new technology. Farmers create produce. Waiters create dining experiences. And families create the next generation. Together, we create lives worth living.
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