Can you love the art and hate the artist?

Have you ever fallen in love with a work of art? A book, a painting, a song, a movie?

Have you experienced that disappointment when you find that the creator of the work is not what you expected? Maybe they don’t share your values, your views on life or politics. Maybe, they’ve committed crimes so heinous that you question everything you thought you knew about your favorite things.

How do you deal with this? Do you continue on admiring the art, despite your views of the artist? Do your opposing personal views now change the way you experience the thing you once loved?

Can you separate the art from the artist?

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Be curious.

“Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.”

-Stephen Hawking (2018)

What would the world be like if you did not have the ability to question what you see? How is it possible to even view the world without questioning everything? Would living in a world where everything is just as it should be, no questioning necessary, make it an easier place to be?

Today is Stephen Hawking’s birthday, and I found this quote of his particularly inspiring and useful. Read more.