Requiem for the Real

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Requiem for the Real

Amber Milne

My entry has intended to express the theme of self-direction, particularly commenting on the values of independence, creativity, and self-respect. I wanted to explore the ways in which the creative soul interacts with the social and economic boundaries inflicted by late capitalism, and the ways in which creativity is now often appropriated or warped by businesses in order to sell. The speaker asks what one is ready to do to survive, whether it is preferable to cultivate one’s creative expression at economic expense, or to strive for economic security at the expense of one’s creativity. This is a subject that is close to my heart because I’ve found that my class has led to a lot of barriers in my attempts to create and share my work, and I feel that there is a stigma in the creative community of “selling out”, when, for the most part at least, everyone is just doing their best. Thus, rather than presenting one view to have intrinsic moral superiority, I tried to stay away from idealist or overly dogmatic notions; instead, the speaker asks the reader to question what they are personally content with sacrificing to survive, both spiritually and economically.

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