How to Be Less Human
The human creative process is a powerful one; but for some reason, many people have trouble achieving their maximum potential in life. Why is it that some people seem to soar to success while others struggle day-in and day-out? It’s not because they’re smarter, better looking, or more talented than everyone else; it’s because they know how to be Less Human (that’s the title of my new book). In other words, they understand what separates them from all the rest. When you take away the “I” word, you’re left with this: Everybody deserves to be Less Human, because being Less Human is what separates the winners from the losers in every game.
When you remove the “I” from “Human”, you no longer need to know why people do bad things, why they feel bad, or why they get angry; because you’re now not one of them. When you remove the “I”, you remove the capacity for judgment and decision-making, which allow us to stop being governed by our emotions, and start operating more like a robot. This kind of robot puts us in control of the world without fear; frees us from living in the dark, avoiding conflict, and living for today. We can enjoy the fruits of our labor and work less while enjoying more in the future.
The most rewarding and satisfying kinds of art – the ones that make us feel alive, fulfilled – are those that allow us to be Less Human, to Step Into the Cage, and see the world through the eyes of a child. The Academy Awards show the world who we really are, and what we deserve. The best kind of art, the one that makes us feel like we have changed the world, is the one that we create with our own two hands. It’s the kind of art that allows us to be less human… to step into the cage and find ourselves in a place of complete freedom and total fulfillment.