Arts & Traps of Worldly Ascension

“La Voie de l’Art est une Voie majestueuse, avant de l’emprunter, l’Artiste se doit de purifier son coeur.” ~Roland Mata


We assume different roles through existence and these roles too have different “skins” that mutate knowingly or unknowingly to us. With time this phenomenon reveals dormant lights or the opposite in us.

What matters on that way is to strive to keep one’s heart full of Light despite the worldly circumstances our activities dictate, be it recognition and the ego scheming that goes with it. Only one with a graceful heart can truly preserve oneself from the greed and traps “success” bring. Humility, harmlessness and innocence are the deepest qualities for any human to possess in this worldly experience that distracts many promising talented beings from the prosperity that goes along with pure intentions. Disinterestedness has become a scarce trait! It’s a strange occurrence to see the way those who are viewed as “greats” slyly scheme to take advantage or use others’, it implies that somewhere inside there is a deficiency in the first place.

In observing all this, all I can say is al hamdulillah for the path of Islam that keeps sincere ones mindful of their actions thanks to the daily humbling prayers that always remind of the helplessness associated with becoming and thus of the uselessness and danger in purposely harming and exploiting any creature for such actions always come back to the perpetuator magnified …

If we wish to offer substance in our activities then it’s best to take the time to work at cultivating excellence at what we do first instead of coveting the light in others and exploiting them, harming them for it with the illusion that their light will help the exploiter “advance”!

When I think that whole systems and nations were founded upon and thrive of such evil principles, it can only encourage their communities of men to apply the same evil practices, and this occurs in all fields even in the Arts! If artists who claim to be “conscious” and to work for noble causes are going to behave with shadiness and lack of integrity then they should do politics instead of corrupting the art field and blocking the works of other artists from wider diffusion. True talents come from The Divine, no human being has the monopoly over this dimension in others. Purposely attempting to interfere with this process while exploiting others to achieve one’s own ends by all costs is below the soul. To behave in such lowly manner with immediate results in mind is the surest way to self-destruction.

© 2008 Aïda Touré