Transcendental Intention-vs- Personal Purpose

If you are an artist of any kind there is a time when the idea of becoming well known in your lifetime becomes very attractive, and dare I say for some becomes an obsession, a lust of fame and recognition that Hollywood seems to personify.

Looking through art history though the works that are the most known, collected, and valued, are works typically made for purposes beyond a desire than to just make work, although this would have definitely made the process obviously more enduring. But it appears our art culture is again at another pivotal point. Modernism, Post-modernism, post-post-neo-modernism, whatever you wish to call it, has left its participants high and dry without purpose beyond the materials chosen to make the work.

If there is no purpose beyond the interest to make the work, there is no transcendental intention, and I pose that without that, there is no point in making work, which in reality represents without purpose beyond the self there is no purpose to life, i.e. no meaning to life or anything, but we know there is meaning to some things and if some things have meaning, intention, and purpose behind them all things do. And art, a mere example of the many things in life that display this concept of purpose, in my mind represents though, because it is here in our world in every culture and progression of man, that there is purpose and meaning to life and existence and that in order to understand that one must look beyond the self to realize what it is. If one continues to look inward what will one be able to live on? Even Friedrich Nietzsche, the acclaimed atheist philosopher admired and upheld by the secular community, in his last days seemed to realize this and was known for blurting out Bible verses he had memorized in his youth as he lived out his final days in an asylum.

Purpose is found by looking up and out from the self. One can live physically claiming to not adhere to life-purpose or God for that matter, but I cannot fathom an existence without the comforting presence of trusting there is “something” beyond the self orchestrating what is seen.

-Robert Alsobrook

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