Artists are in the transformation business. Business is in the transformation business. Society is in the transformation business. We all seek the same thing. A better way, a better life, a better world, and as Steve Jobs famously said: “making a dent in the universe.”
We can choose through our actions to just reflect what has already been present in the world, or we can choose to make our way forward with the spirit of transformation and evolution. To be truly useful and to lead fulfilling lives, we have no choice but to consciously and constantly engage the world in a transformative way.
But, transformation works both ways. When you engage the world through transformation, you get to choose to evolve or devolve. Evolution is forward thinking, bright and dynamic. Devolution is a dark corridor, full of derivative thought and laggards. The Rainbow flag and the Confederate flag as art and symbol for example. Which one is transformative in a evolutionary way and which is devolutionary?
With every breath we take in the entire universe. Everything that has been and everything that will be. That is a mighty responsibility. There’s a simple fact to our biology: within every human now living resides some molecules of every human that has ever lived, and our earliest relatives came from stardust. So too, in one thousand years our molecules will reside in others. Yes, with every breathe we take in the entire universe.
It’s easy to disappear into the problems of every day life and forget that we’re here to create and move forward. It’s easy to to think that “I’m just one person, what can I possibly do?”
Jobs didn’t do it alone. Churchill rallied a country but didn’t take on the nazis by himself. These people had vision yes, but it took many thousands of people to transform that vision into transformative experiences. Edison didn’t do it alone, nor did Charlie Chaplin, Mary Ellen Mark or George Lucas. They had friends, family, crews, executives and an audience that wanted to evolve with them. They together transformed industry, art and society.
Do you want to feel excited about what you do and what you’re leaving to your children? Commit to evolution and be in the transformation business. Use your creative voice to make a dent in the universe.