A very large number of artists are serving an “audience of one”, hungrily seeking mass public approval and celebrity. There is nothing enlightened about such an act of self-service. I would even go so far as to call such a pursuit narcissistic and masturbatory. Such a focus is a serving of one’s own ego, rather than another or a group, a community, a culture or a nation.
There is another way of articulating such an interest and simply by articulating such a thought, by owning such a wording, one’s perspective can shift. Rather than saying, “I want to be famous”, we can say, “I want to create so much value for and within my culture and society that people want to support my value-creation”. It is a subtle difference in thinking. One thought is about oneself and the other is about creating value for others.
Each of us has a limited amount of time in the coarse of each day. Each person’s life has a limited number of days. None of us know when our individual stories will end. Committing to the act of serving others is an honorable pursuit. Such an act is noble and is a commitment that enables one to rise above themselves and their own ego. That is what the hero adventure is all about. What is the dragon that the hero slays? It is one’s own ego. What is the purpose of the hero’s even going on an adventure into the unknown, risking their own safety and security in the process? The purpose is to fill a void. That void typically involves an act of sacrifice (for another or others).
There are an infinite number of acts of service that one can commit to. One can, through their work, through their artistic pursuits, serve an audience that is small or large. One can commit to serving their lover, their children, friends, neighbors or can serve their community, the audience of their own choosing (their niche), their state, their nation, etc.
Will you serve? Who will you serve?
Committing to an act of service and aligning your career energies towards such a cause feels good and such a commitment to a cause outside of your own ego can lead towards a meaningful (translate “meaning-full”) existence.
Good leaders serve a cause that is larger than themselves.