Congratulations, you have bravely ventured into a realm where inspiration meets frustration
And if fate smiles upon you, you might have a shot at making something meaningful out of it all. Sure, we have always been aware of our role in the world — creating work with purpose and impact. But let’s not kid ourselves, even the most idealistic among us couldn’t resist the pull of award galas, highfalutin titles and lavish lunches. Who has the time to ponder the greater good when there are so many ‘likes’ to amass and celebs to schmooze? But take heart, future creators. The first part of our solemn vow is to shun our old ways of pursuing self-glorification. No more feigning purpose just to snag a coveted Cannes Lion. We shall create work that truly matters, work that transcends our own egos.
The world is a hot mess, we all know it
But hey, at least we are finally admitting it. Climate change, inequality, and social injustice are all knocking on our doorstep. And we are beginning to realise that creators wield potent tools to take on these challenges head-on. So here’s the deal: we pledge to harness our global interconnectedness to bind our creativity to causes. We will hack the biases and dismantle the barriers that impede our progress. We will feed social channels and algorithms with diverse truths and use the same tactics of persuasion that once peddled washing detergent to help salvage the planet.
As we pen compelling headlines against cruelty, injustice, and greed. Artists, musicians, and filmmakers will change the conversation to amplify the voices of those long marginalised. A formidable collective of creators with kooky glasses on a shared mission: to leave a positive imprint on the world.
And who knows, we may even build some bridges between cultures on our way. Because at the end of the day, we’re all in this together. So let us harness the eyes and ears of culture that we have at our disposal and craft a brighter future for all.
Right, that’s our bit done. As you read this on your iPhone 27, remember that we have endeavoured to ignite a legacy of purpose and passion. Now it is your turn to grasp the mics, brushes and keyboards to build your own. Let us all forge an unforgettable legacy for generations to come. In the words of the great philosopher Prince, ‘Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life.‘ Let us do so with purpose, empathy, and pass on something inspiring.
Over to you,
A kindred creator.
Featured image: Matthew Moloney / Unsplash