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Daemon
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Art is the most intense mode of Individualism that the world has known.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
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Art is the most intense mode of Individualism that the world has known.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
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No creatingThink Think a child
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gerry wrote:
No creatingThink Think a child


Mr. Wilde was speaking about individualism not procreation or creation.

Nothing against creating a child. I created two of them at once! (last time I ever do that twice in one night!). But it wasn't individualism; individualism I could have done all by myself.

Variety is the spice of life. Lack of variety is the spouse of life.
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Context from : The Soul of Man Under Socialism

Now, I have said that the community by means of organisation of machinery will supply the useful things, and that the beautiful things will be made by the individual. This is not merely necessary, but it is the only possible way by which we can get either the one or the other. An individual who has to make things for the use of others, and with reference to their wants and their wishes, does not work with interest, and consequently cannot put into his work what is best in him. Upon the other hand, whenever a community or a powerful section of a community, or a government of any kind, attempts to dictate to the artist what he is to do, Art either entirely vanishes, or becomes stereotyped, or degenerates into a low and ignoble form of craft. A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament. Its beauty comes from the fact that the author is what he is. It has nothing to do with the fact that other people want what they want. Indeed, the moment that an artist takes notice of what other people want, and tries to supply the demand, he ceases to be an artist, and becomes a dull or an amusing craftsman, an honest or a dishonest tradesman. He has no further claim to be considered as an artist. Art is the most intense mode of Individualism that the world has known. I am inclined to say that it is the only real mode of Individualism that the world has known. Crime, which, under certain conditions, may seem to have created Individualism, must take cognizance of other people and interfere with them. It belongs to the sphere of action. But alone, without any reference to his neighbours, without any interference, the artist can fashion a beautiful thing; and if he does not do it solely for his own pleasure, he is not an artist at all.

https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/wilde-oscar/soul-man/
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No one is more individualistic than the artist!
Ozolinsh V.
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Shulamit wrote:
gerry wrote:
No creatingThink Think a child


Mr. Wilde was speaking about individualism not procreation or creation.

Nothing against creating a child. I created two of them at once! (last time I ever do that twice in one night!). But it wasn't individualism; individualism I could have done all by myself.


Quite a parrying Applause
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And yet the value of art and those who create it are often not valued.
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Daemon wrote:
Art is the most intense mode of Individualism that the world has known.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)


Since then, the word individualism has lost somewhat its original charm, luster and intensity...
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Daemon wrote:
Art is the most intense mode of Individualism that the world has known.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)


"The Soul of Man Under Socialism" is the least expected venue to allow any semblance of such Individualism,
as a bewildered Wilde wildly suggested.
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