Sunday, July 11, 2010
A message to one of my Chinese followers
I've been getting comments from followers in China. Considering the time I've spent in the Tibetan Autonomous Region and China this year it makes me very happy to have them. One person asked me what they should be doing with their blog. This is a very touchy subject considering the political climate in China which I have first hand knowledge of. My best advice is that as far the arts are concerned you need to show what make your heart sing. This is quite simply what I do. What you see on my blog is the work I'm currently doing, the things that are effecting my life and my work at the moment. What you see here really is about who I am as a person. I don't know any other way to be. To use an American colloquialism I have always worn my heart on my sleeve. If I feel passionate about something I post about. If you could see me in person you be able to read my feeling on my face as you were reading a book. Now being in China that might not always be the wisest thing but you need to do your best to find a way to say whats in your heart without pissing off the powers that be. I will say this, I don't run the risk of being arrested by just being myself but it hasn't always been easy to find acceptance for it in my culture. I'm very much the kind of person who just can't stand by when I see that someone needs help. I'd give them the shirt off my back and my last dime if they would be better off for it. More times than I can count I've been kicked in the teeth for it. Even then I pray that those same people who have hurt me find the peace they are looking for. So the answer is try your best to be true to your self, rejoice in the things that give you pleasure, and that's what you should be sharing on your blog.