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Not Reducing Creativity to Monetary Terms

May 10, 2011

People’s creativity is very much alive, but when they get paid for their creativity, they often experience that as rather meaningless. Money as the reward for their creative process is very one-dimensional, a tremendous comedown. That’s why it is sad to reduce every creative force to monetary terms. It’s terribly sad, sacrilegious in a sense.

From “The Question of Money,” in Work, Sex, Money: Real Life on the Path of Mindfulness, page 154.


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3 Responses to Not Reducing Creativity to Monetary Terms

  • deelover says:

    creativity and art should be the red thread which runs through all actions of this life. I honestly do not find a problem with getting paid to be creative. I pay a high price to have this kind of mind, so if someone wants to start cashing me in- I'm all for it. sorry eldouches, but maybe youz are all the type who run out of cre8tiv gas if you arent living on teh edge of ghettoville. dix

    Posted on May 10, 2011 at 11:11 am

  • Chris Lemig says:

    It would be nice to get paid for my creative work. However, even if I never do, I know that I would continue to engage in it every day. This is a realization I had just a couple of years ago, and since then I have become more creative and excited about my work than ever before.

    Posted on May 10, 2011 at 11:50 am

  • marajit says:

    Money is a burden. I want security in the form of constraints, not money which I have to now make a hundred choices with. The boundaries of a canvas are approachable and inviting - not so the canvas of expenses. And while creativity is an experiment where you can make mistakes and learn, money is a serious business. Business necessitates reputations, which promote a sense of pride. We give money to our children and deny them their childhood by leading them unwittingly into the open ocean of life unprepared.

    Posted on May 10, 2011 at 12:03 pm

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