Alchemy - the creation of something from nothing - is reality. A very liberating reality, once you truly understand it. And selling art online - creating something from nothing - is simple alchemy.
Now it doesn't relieve us of the responsibilities that come with money. It doesn't mean we turn a blind eye to the world's woes. It doesn't excuse me from being my brother's keeper or from grappling with the 'WWJD' question.
But it does mean there's nothing wrong with having money. It means that all of us who operate in an innovative, competitive marketplace are making a positive, tangible contribution to our world in a very important way. That's what artists have always done. That's what they will continue to do even more in the light of the online revolution, selling art online.
I was talking to a friend today, an IT manager and electronics hobbyist, and we were discussing the idea of The Good Ol' Days. "Folks who reminisce about the good ol' days," He said, "are out of their minds. They don't make things the way they used to. They make them better. The good ol' days are right now."
You can talk all about the horrors of the 20th century and I won't disagree with you. But there's been no other century that's seen more medical advances, more healthy people, more stomachs filled, or more problems solved. Innovations and improvements made by entrepreneurs and businesses everywhere are making the world a more livable place. And when under-resourced people around the world learn what you and I know, they'll be liberated from their poverty too.
So don't ever apologize for being an artist and internet entrepreneur, selling art online. The only people who should be apologizing are bureaucrats that stand in your way.
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