I got to talking to a parent at one of my art classes about art & vision & what it takes to be an artist. Specifically we started talking about how little kids have this big block to conquer concerning their perception of artistic quality & their own output. They never match up at the beginning, you've got to work your ass off to become a good artist, you most likely are born with the brain for it, but then you've got to master expressing your brain & making your hands or whatever work all of these ideas into the real world. The whole time, the outside, mundane world is pressing in on you. Always, it's like a giant, crushing mass of gelatin & hot dogs & spam, all pressing in on you. In a way, it's easier to just acquiesce to this mass of diversified uniformity, to just become part of it. But, to be a true artiste, you have to fight that bastard, & you've got to never stop fighting it, because like i said, as soon as you open your mouth, it starts to push inwards. So, to be a true artist you've got to like fighting, you've got to be egocentric enough to conquer this enormous gelatinous conformity that is always telling you to be like it, you've got to believe enough in your own vision to crush everything that gets in your way, & you can't let alien philosophies impede this. There can't be any other ideas in you besides your own. At the same time, the ideas cannot be literal, but entirely "felt". While this sounds impossible, once you begin to cleanse yourself & increase your own philosophical cohesion to a burning point, you can keep society's infection away from you. In fact, you can begin to project your own ideas into the society & eventually, sway & control the mass. Of course, i didn't go this far with the parent, but if we had been drinking, this conversation certainly would have happened. At the same time, your vision cannot be for its own or your sake, it cannot become a platform or a movement or an institution, because the true artist's work is exactly like the introduction to Dr. Who. It is exploration & communicating what you find.