Beauty and Enlightenment and Comfort

Scholarship Entrant: Mirza from Claremont, California
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Mirza: 1

In an ideal world I would pursue music and make a living from it because it seems to be the one thing I have always enjoyed. Whether I am playing or listening to music, I always have an emotional response to it and I find myself getting lost within the sweet melodies or the abrasive riffs that shape it. I am unsure to what effect my music would be able to have on the world but I firmly believe that art is a necessity within any society. Kurt Vonnegut writes in Cat’s Cradle, “When a man becomes a writer, I think he takes on a sacred obligation to produce beauty and enlightenment and comfort at top speed.” I believe this quote speaks of not just writing but the arts in general to the extent that all art is inherently created to generate an emotional response and in such an emotive state, one should feel connected with their surroundings or observe some pulchritudinous feeling where the art is the catalyst for such a feeling. In order to ensure this dream of mine, I would need to be persistent in my writing and strive to create a work of art that holds an emotional effect over its listeners. I would need to write something that becomes timeless. I want to be able to have such an effect on a person that it kindles a passion in them just like I have allowed a passion to be ignited within me.

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