Intel makes chips out of sand, and Microsoft literally creates software out of thin air. Neither of them has to steal anything from anyone to do it, either.
It's called alchemy. The creation of something out of nothing.
100 years ago, we didn't have cars, airplanes, TV's, computers or skyscrapers. Now we do, and we didn't steal them from some other country. All of those things were created by inventors and product developers and entrepreneurs.
I was first exposed to the concept of economic alchemy for artists about 10 years ago. It was an idea that changed my life: Wealth is not distributed, it's created. They're not poor because we're rich.
Abundance is the true reality for artists. Scarcity is the great illusion - one that creates envy, drives us to war, and literally destroys the abundance that's already there.
In reality, because we're rich, people in the third world are actually less poor, no doubt about it. Most of the clothes that I saw kids wearing on a trip to Mozambique were obviously hand-me-downs from Europeans and Americans. Two-thirds of their government's budget is foreign aid. And in the end, whether you're shopping for a get-rich-quick business opportunity or trying to assist the downtrodden on the other side of the world, there's no way around it, no shortcut:
All artists have to be taught how to create wealth. Artists must learn the art of alchemy.
In the video below, sculptor Jean Baptise Carpeaux has transformed a lifeless piece of stone into a living work of art. Again, if this is not alchemy, what is?
Alchemy for artists is not a mere idea or construct. It's reality. And a very liberating one, once you truly understand it.
In the next blog post, I'll tell you about how to use this idea of creating wealth in an amazingly positive way.