Last month, legendary street artist Banksy set up a stand in Central Park selling his stencil art for $60 a piece.
(See pic of the man that Banksy posted at the stand to handle the transactions).
Only three people bought Bansky’s art, with one bargaining for a 2 for 1 deal.
Note: these were original Banksy pieces that you could have picked up for sixty bucks! A mere print of Banksy’s “Love in the Air” recently sold for $249,000.
The same type of experiment was performed in 2007 when the Washington Post placed legendary, world famous violinist Joshua Bell in a DC subway stop during rush hour.
Of the 1000 people who raced by Joshua Bell on their way to work, only 1 person stopped to listen.
I don’t think I would have stopped to buy a Banksy or listen to Joshua Bell. Would you?
What does this say about our culture?
Good art makes us feel and good artists have bleeding souls, they are gushing with passion. But if you aren’t living with passion, you probably won’t recognize passion in art, people, or life.
So here’s a challenge for you today: more feeling, less thinking.
The world will respond to what you are selling, teaching, living, buying…if they feel your passion. That is Universal Law.
What gets you off these days? What song, what painting, what food makes you stand up and pump your fists and say “I’m f*cking alive!”
I don’t know about you, but I am a passionate being living an increasingly dispassionate life.
What we stand up for, what we shout about, what makes us cry…those are the footprints we leave behind.
When our souls bleed with feeling, we become the Banksys and Joshua Bells, we become the souls knocking at the doorways of our minds, saying, “Let me lead us. Let me heal us. Let me save us. Now!”
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Ed: Bryonie Wise