there are many moral stands and sacrifices I think I would make because I ought to, and I ridicule others for not acting in accordance with my morally superior thought process;
yet how foolish I am in doing so for I ignore that they – just like me – are imperfect human beings nearly powerless against the ferocious, deeply ingrained sway of human emotion, and the unrelenting impulse for self preservation.
therefore, make it a point to not judge others for the way they live, or the choices that they make. even better: do not judge at all, focus on your purpose, and hope that if you should find yourself in their feet, you have adequate strength and philosophical training to stand your ground and fight – and if you lose, to lose with your will intact and your head held high, which is another thing that is easier said than done, but at least let that be an ideal that you strive for
an artist must forever be free. the moment he self-censors or allows another to censor him is the moment he becomes not a artist but a businessman.
do not bow down to contracts nor accept the lustful allure of money unless in dire, dire need; rather maintain contact with your audience organically, unhindered by the claws of signed papers and agreements – the money is expected to flow in sooner or later -
and be firm with your conduct of creating and persevering in your art. that way you shall be above all
are you an artist or a businessman?