Saturday, 5 November 2016

Self-Satisfaction


People who are good at their craft are often reproached with the claim that they are self-satisfied.

I agree that self-satisfaction that manifests itself in smugness is a most off-putting and unattractive quality, especially when unwarranted, but self-satisfaction as such need not necessarily be a bad thing.

It strikes me as a rather puritan, self-punishing philosophy to think that creators need always be hungry and dissatisfied with their work or themselves in order to be considered any good and worthy of attention. 

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