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You can’t predict the future.You can’t control the past.You can’t erase the circumstances of birth, time, economics, and politics into which you were born. And contrary to popular wisdom, most modern science (and the lived experience of billions) suggests you can’t even circumscribe the effects these circumstances will impress upon you. By all means, try. Inbibe. Meditate and pray. Attend therapy, and follow your doctor’s orders. These are all good things, and the struggle should be celebrated in proportion to the work required to wage it. But after all these eventualities and the footprints they leave behind, please write it all down. Or film them. Scratch them on your skin. Paint them on a canvass, or a brick wall. Your art is the people’s history of your life, and it belongs to us as much as you. Don’t steal.
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Arts and Humanities
Columbus State University, "arden 2018" (2018). The Arden. 21.