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<h1>Would you make your art if you were the last person on earth?</h1>
<small>2019-09-25</small>
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	Musicians, photographers, writers, and artists of all sorts:
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	Would you make your art if you were the last person on earth?
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	For me, it’s an immediate YES — of course!
	In fact, it might make the experience even better.
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	A musician friend asked me this question, and was freaked out by my answer.
	She said she can’t even imagine a world-view like mine.
	How could I possibly want to make music if there was no one to hear it?
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	She said, “Ultimately, everything I do is for other people.”
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	I said, “Ultimately, everything I do is for myself.”
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	When I’m creating anything, I do it mostly for my own curiosity — to see how I can develop this fun idea in my head.
	Even when I’m providing a service that seems generous, I’m really doing it because it seemed like a fun system to build.
	If people like what I’ve made, that’s just a bonus.
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	This is related to yesterday’s post, “<a href="/tp2">Travel without social praise</a>”.
	Even despite what I’ve said here, I still have to ask myself if I’m doing something just for the praise.
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	Is this something I really want to do, or do I just like the image it represents?
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	If it feels like I’m doing it for the image, is that for my self-identity — how I see myself — the person I’d like to be for my own sake — or is it just being done for others?
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	One way I try to solve that question is by asking myself if I would do this thing if I was the last person on earth — or at very least, if I never told anyone about it.
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	See also: “<a href="/zipit">Announcing your plans makes you less motivated to accomplish them</a>”.
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