Writing is my only developed artistic skill. Under the close supervision of my wisdom, I produce these stories, a work of art. But I am not the artist; my wisdom is. I'm not skilled enough to be an artist of dancing, but my musical background lets me taste what life as an artist of dance might be like; it's a wonderful taste. I can only be a consumer of other arts, like painting, sculpture and music, but I can be ennobled by them. Especially by music, because of my musical background.
What it takes to be an artist. Art is ennobling; artists are the real human nobility. Art is a perfect meritocracy, a nobility that can't be inherited, only earned by hard work. Real artists start young and train hard to develop the skill required for their art. Skill is the hallmark of an artist, skill that takes decades to acquire and refine. Success and popularity don't mean someone's an artist. Young people learn skills easily because they're not fully formed; they allow skills they acquire to form them. Older people are already fully formed.
Ennoblement. Anyone can be ennobled by art. I was ennobled by listening to Max Richter's music. I was in despair at the state of the world and my lonely place in it. I broke up with my sweetheart just as the pandemic was beginning.
What ennoblement is. Max's sad music helped me love the world the way it is. If I put conditions on loving the world, I'm loving a fantasy world. Fantasy is just words, there's nothing real in fantasy. Loving a fantasy world is ignoble. The beauty of his music ennobled me by showing me the beauty in it just the way it is. Here's an example that combines his music with an extraordinary video about sadness.
Training for ennoblement is training anyone can do. Classical music requires training because it's rich and subtle. It invites me in to explore and learn. I have to be able to grasp its depths; grasping those depths helps me make progress with love. Before I can grasp its depths, I have to do a lot of listening. I have to put my time and energy into the best human creations rather than settling for the most accessible ones, like the pop tunes we're bombarded with. Investing my time and energy is critical; it's the training required for ennoblement, and it's a way I can make progress with love.
Reincarnation & art. This ties in with my ponderings about reincarnation. If an artist made progress with love in previous lives, that progress will be in the realm of his or her art, because creating art is an artist's way of making progress with love. That would enable her or him to become a better artist faster via wisdom accumulated regarding how and what to study. I do believe that was why I found it so easy to write. It would also explain why some artists are prodigies, creating profound works of art at a very early age.