"If someone is going to criticize you, it’s more of a reflection of them than it is of you." - Greg Graffin
I’ve been intrigued lately with progress and failure. Failure is not morally wrong. Popular belief says that failure is a negative thing and must not happen. If it does, we will be publicly scorned, frowned upon, and won’t be taken seriously the next time we try our hand at success. If we fail today, it can be tough to regain composure because of how the world has made failure to be our greatest enemy. Failure is not our greatest enemy; apathy is. Not being honest with ourselves and not nurturing that God-given gift built in all of us, and letting what we are truly passionate about die off - that is our greatest enemy. If passions and talents aren’t carefully cultivated, the effects will be detrimental to our souls. A person cannot reap where they haven’t sown. And when a person tries to reap where they haven’t sown, they begin to starve to death and may result to theft and other such immoralities. I’ve seen that many successful people, and companies, started out with failures, such as Masaru Ibuka, founder of Sony. And many started out having to do something else other than their true passion, such as Bill Boeing, to make ends meet (Bill made furniture for a while to stay afloat). So mistakes and failure are a part of that road we must walk. Thorns and thistles will come of it, but a harvest will come also, however small and however insignificant it may be. “Are you born a writer? Were you put on earth to be a painter, a scientist, an apostle of peace? In the end the question can only be answered by action. Do it, or don’t do it. Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the part of the actor. It’s a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got (Pressfield)”.
CORGAN: Sometimes you have to mature into the deeper work.
RAJPAL: What are you exploring now?
CORGAN: God. I once did - a big American magazine was doing a thing called, “The Future of Rock”.
CORGAN: And, you know, they asked 50 artists, “What’s the future of rock?” And my answer was, “God”. And they said, “What do you mean?” And I said, “Well, God’s the third rail of -” What is it? “Social security is the third rail of politics in America”. Well, God is the third rail in rock and roll. You’re not supposed to talk about God. Even though most of the world believes in God. It’s sort of like, “Don’t go there”… I think God’s the great, unexplored territory in rock and roll music. And I actually said that. I thought it was perfectly poised. And, of course, they didn’t put it in the interview.
— Jim Carrey