A friend (who happens to be an accomplished artist) posted this on Facebook. Having been a writer and photographer all my adult life, i can attest to the fact that Vonnegut is spot on. The act of creating is powerful. Creating art does far more than make life bearable. It provides a joy that is soul deep.
Charles Bukowski. or Buk to his loyal fans such as myself, is one of this country’s best-known contemporary poets. Born in Germany, he was brought to the US when he was three. He died in 1994 at the age of 73. During his lifetime he published over 45 books of poetry and prose, many translated into over a dozen languages.
I have always been attracted to his raw and unvarnished content as well as his clear and direct style. This quote is a straightforward declaration on responsible living in today’s world. Although I am sure Bukowski didn’t intend it this way, the statement is truth.
In a world of hunger, the secret to happiness and fulfillment is not in our futile efforts to always acquire more. The answer lies in Bukowski’s words. There is deep truth in understanding that less is more.