"All things have been given to us for a purpose..."
A writer — and, I believe, generally all persons — must think that whatever happens to him or her is a resource. All things have been given to us for a purpose, and an artist must feel this more intensely. All that happens to us, including our humiliations, our misfortunes, our embarrassments, all is given to us as raw material, as clay, so that we may shape our art.
Susan Sontag, in her 1996 essay, "Letter To Borges"
Freedom is not for everybody.
To be free, we have to be self-governing. So writes Steve Pressfield, an American author who wrote a short, potent book I keep coming back to entitled, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles. For some people, this quote hits at the heart of the dilemma between maintaining our ties to a job or casting off:
It may be that the human race is not ready for freedom. The air of liberty may be too rarefied for us to breathe... The paradox seems to be, as Socrates demonstrated long ago, that the truly free individual is free only to the extent of his own self-mastery. While those who will not govern themselves are condemned to find masters to govern over them.