The One Thing | Brett Kelly’s Ramble on Tragedy and Luxury

The One Thing, simply put, features one thing on the internet that captured my attention and that I believe is worthy of yours.

I had no intention of posting today, but in a moment of late-night procrastination I was knocked on my ass by yet another Brett Kelly gem.

Do yourself a favor and read the whole thing, but if you have no intention of doing so, at least make sure you read this:

Those of us who have the opportunity–the luxury, even–to pursue what is true and beautiful and profitable both for us and the world around us have a duty to do it. […] It’s a blessed thing to be in a position to do your art and experience the adventure that this life has to offer. \ And to not take hold of that… to squander such a unique opportunity…

That’s tragic.

But seriously, you owe it to yourself to read and really consider what Brett is saying here. I know I will be.

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2 Responses to The One Thing | Brett Kelly’s Ramble on Tragedy and Luxury

  1. I read the whole post,and while it promotes a lovely ideal, Brett Kelly attempts in that post to do exactly what he urges us to avoid. He attempts to convince us to follow his path by telling us it is our “duty.” Most of us have a strong urge to influence the decisions of others based upon what we consider to be our wisdom and experience. The closer they are to us, the stronger the urge. I believe that as parents it is our responsibility to teach our children to think for themselves, to make good decisions and have the self-confidence to follow through with them, and to know themselves well enough to choose their own path in life.

    • I see what you’re saying, but I think his post is speaking to a certain audience. I don’t think he is saying this about everyone, just the people with the desire to do it. You’re right that he doesn’t say that implicitly, but I felt it was implied. I also didn’t think he was suggesting that we follow his as much as we should follow our own, no matter what that might be. Then again, I’m just speculating.

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