Separateness

When trying to create, I find that taking a break from technology is a necessity. To be able to exist apart from all that is so easily accessible makes writing or drawing much more productive.

If I’m being honest, I’m addicted to technology: email, Internet, Netflix, Kindle, iPhone. Sometimes I have to take a step back and endure loneliness in order to create with a true sense of spirituality. It’s hard for me to write about David wandering in the desert when I’m listening to music or have the television on in the other room.

Such minds as Freud, Nietzsche, and Kierkegaard concurred with the idea that being tolerably separated from outside influences is essential in cultivating exceptional intellectual development. Being separate helps us think on our own.

Staying away from the news and other sources of opinions helps me to construct my own thoughts and feelings about how I perceive the world. Then I can go back to those outside sources after I’ve done my creating. For me, there’s really no other way I can creatively operate.