What do Peter Pan and Steve Jobs have in common?
Answer: they both help explain why wealth and creativity cannot mix.
There is a reason for that stereotype of a starving artist in a garret. Need, and monomania, sharpen the senses. No wonder millionaire rock stars have trouble re-creating the catchy tunes which made them famous. Why should they get out of bed in the morning?
My post 7 ways my sci-fi novel Biotime explains the meaning of life (bold italics are to other posts on this site) contrasts how you might behave if you suddenly found you had only six weeks left to live with how you would act if you learned you were immortal.
In the first case, we’d all try to enjoy an intense six weeks.
Me aged 1 (in pram) with elder brother – both rich in Biotime
This brings us back to the quote by Steve Jobs which opens Biotime:
‘Death is very likely the single best invention of Life.’
Peter Pan is eternally youthful. Although characterised in Wikipedia as “an exaggerated stereotype of a boastful and careless boy”, he is sometimes wise. Faced by death on Marooners’ Rock, he says: ‘To die will be an awfully big adventure’.
Maybe that’s where Steve Jobs got it from.
Immortality would also be likely to have an unpredictable impact on happiness. My post Klimt, and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony explores how the work of two brilliant artists comes together in Klimt’s Beethoven frieze to show how people can find true happiness.
You can see Klimt’s Beethoven frieze at the Sezession in Vienna
I was delighted to rediscover new material on the theme of happiness, creativity and immortality when I researched my excerpt from Biotime, “I have to go to Samarkand“. The pale but beautiful Martha O’Leary says: “I don’t care how many studies have shown Biotime doesn’t affect your intellect or emotions. All the great artists have been One Lifers. It’s like Peter Pan. You can’t have real feelings if you live forever.‘
If you want some suggestions on how you can best enjoy Biotime; its profusion of profound ideas; and a rollicking good read, check out Biotime on this site.
It’s a wonderful ride.
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