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Most cultures around the world—with the interesting exception of Asian countries such as Korea, China, and Japan—usually have some sort of response when someone sneezes, and it’s almost always some variation of “Bless you!” or “To your health!” But in the Philippines they say, “Who didn’t take a bath?” and in Vietnam they say, “Rice with salt.”
When art is reduced to self-indulgent, emotional expression that is somehow exempt from being criticized, compared or evaluated, it kills incentive, it kills originality and ultimately it strangles artistic-expression in its cradle, robbing the world of all that it could be.
Nothing is original anymore; such is the plight of the modern artist. Mark Twain once wrote, “Substantially all ideas are second-hand, consciously and unconsciously drawn from a million outside sources” — and that was well over a century ago, so one can only imagine how many times these ideas have been passed down in the interim.