Healing and Modern Day Bards

Music and stories: The teller of tales.   There was a people long ago who would travel the country side singing, dancing, juggling, playing an instrument to the gathered inside dusty old taverns where the people would have rarely been privy to such entertainment. Robert Jordan wrote about one, Thom Merrilin, in Wheel of Time.   Patrick Rothfuss main character, Kvoth, has his humble beginnings as one in the King Killer Chronicles.   Stephen Erikson writes about one, Fisher kel Tath, so legendary that his other characters tell stories about him.   They are bards. They are clever, cunning, and…

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Artist Addiction: Why do authors, actors, and musicians have drug problems?

Whether you’re a musician, an author, or if your canvas is actually, well, canvas, addiction is a serious problem in the artistic community.  Drug use is increasingly in the public spotlight as celebrities speak more candidly about their lifestyle through social media. I grew up thinking that I would never have a successful music career because I didn’t want to do drugs. I actually thought that the only way to unlock the secret to rock stardom was a path through drug use. Like somehow my music wouldn’t be as legitimate as that of my drug using peers. Little did I…

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The Importance of being Critical of Art

Art in all of its forms is paramount in the cultural evolution of society. In its most basic sense, art is a means to influence the emotional state of those who are observing it. Knowing this, it is important to recognize that, during the emotional impetus that art often puts us in, reflection and critical thought is of the utmost importance to maintain a clear vision of understanding those emotions; whether we, in a calm state, still remain affected by messages received or have slipped the mind noose that so often strangles the rational brain in the throngs of passion.…

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Death of Stoicism

Texts about Stoicism are found all the way back to Athens in the third century B.C. Greece may be considered the modern birthplace of philosophy and boy how the mighty have fallen. Stoicism is the ideology that man has control over his emotions by realizing the things that he does, and does not, have control over. This requires an acceptance of nature – both our environment and the nature of humanity and animal – and an accountability of personal judgement; both ideas have been forcefully pushed out of modern society and replaced with shallow negatives in their stead. Is it…

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