Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Thought 207: 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.