There Beginneth the Market-Place

“Where solitude endeth, there beginneth the market-place; and where the market-place beginneth, there beginneth also the noise of great actors, and the buzzing of poison-flies.”

~Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

Please, stick(eth) a fork in me if I ever start viewing the world primarily through a marketing lens. But this bit of prose gets at the tricky intersection where art and expression cross into commerce and marketing.

My interpretation: If you want to put yourself and your work out there, then yes, you’re inevitably going to bump elbows with rubbish—but it’s worth it when you believe in your work.

If we fear that promotion diminishes creativity, well, what’s the impact of secrecy? Artists overrate the romance of obscurity. (I’ve been awfully guilty of this safe indulgence, but I think I’ve overcome it.)

Thus Blogged MattyDaystra.