If there is so little depth
in what you see and do
it all seems to…
- EXCESS AS A REMEDY.—We can make our own talent once more acceptable to ourselves by honoring and enjoying the opposite talent for some time to excess.—Using excess as a remedy is one of the more refined devices in the art of life.
Friedrich Nietzsche, Human all too human, Miscellaneous Maxims And Opinions. Translated By Paul V. Cohn, B.A. New York The MacMillan Company 1913, Free license from Gutenberg.org
I play a lot of video games on my computer. I don’t know if it is the opposite of the talents that I think I have but I do it in excess. It is strange, I like photography and writing but I do it both as a hobby. My talents don’t reach so far that I could live from it and if the talents are there than it is a lack of commercial insight that holds me down. So, I do this as a hobby and I post every day and if I am lucky a hand full of people read and see my work. Besides that, I like to do it, it is pretty pointless you might say and still I feel that I waste my time more when I play my video games, something that is also pointless besides that I like to do it.
When I write and take pictures, I create something, and does it really matter if no one sees what I created? I sold some pictures in the past and had some small expositions and I really like the prosses of organizing it and making it all nice but once it hangs and people tell me that they like my work I lose interest. That people like your work is nice off course but If I have to be honest, I rather have a good critique from someone that knows what they are talking about then from some random person that probably likes everything.
I like Nietzsche’s observation, in the light of wasting time by playing video games, me making pictures and writing some words down seems not so wasteful any more, it might even make me better.