Written in response to a blog post about an artist lamenting being called an artist because he felt it stunted his growth and jaded his perception of the art of others.
Everyone is an artist.
I remember the first time I was referred to as a poet, it was by a poet whose work I admired. I too felt it gave me power to validate, but I in turn used it to validate everyone who was able to validate themselves to themselves, and I encouraged the dedication to obtain that personal validation.
Living with the mindset that only the artist can truly know if art is good, because only they can know if it is an accurate representation of what they feel and hear and see in their mind their heart their body, is better for humanity, better for the earth, because it brings more free expression to the world.
Art breeds understanding, art promotes equality and compassion, art generates dialogue, and to want to limit the amount of people who walk around feeling like artists is like limiting the amount of people who can read and speak.
Maybe some will be arrogant, but what tool created for good hasn't been misused in the past? There will be the arrogant and the foolish, the bitter and the judgmental, but they are only the loud minority in a world where art is no longer a valuable commodity, but an intrinsic facet of existence.
Expression should not be valued by arbitrary agents, to submit to judgement made by the dollar is to enslave yourself and those around you. Free your soul from the weight of insecurity, liberate human compassion from the shackles of self interest, promote humanity's voices in the courts of cosmic fate.
One cannot dismiss art, one will not cease to be in awe of art created by their fellow humans, if they understand that Human equals Artist. The death of a sense of wonder and human achievement is a problem of ego, not a problem of acceptance.
The problem is not telling someone that they are an artist, the problem is stopping there. You are an artist because you are a human being, every human creates abstraction from their internal rationalizations of their existence within an external world that is not within the human understanding of reason.
I am a human, I am an artist, I am a poet. What is your art? What language does your soul speak? What do your heart and mind have to say?
If I do not know the language, I will learn. If I have not heard your message, I will learn. If I have heard your message, I will learn.
Everyone is an artist.