In 2015 I sat down with my childhood friend and world-renowned artist Paul Columbus. Our conversation was a deep dive about life and one of his most fascinating painting, The Ego of Social Darwinism. Paul breaks down his inspiration, how we're living in a world of paradoxes, and how we craft images of our ideal self.
Notable & Quotable:
"Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart." - Steve Jobs
"Inspiration seems to tickle the fuck down. It's just this river that you're either in or not." - Paul Columbus
More from Paul:
About The Ego of Social Darwinism
This painting represents something we all can relate to; we are built inheritably to look out for ourselves. Social Darwinism is instinct for survival or natural selection. In modern day society, we are so focused on building our own “personal safety net for tomorrow, ” which is not guaranteed to anyone. We build this safety net with things like material possession and savings, mostly derived from the intention of greed. All the while, the world seemingly rest in the palm of our own hands, as we watch it suffer from various deadly but basic obstacles such as clean water, starvation, shelter. These obstacles that are the bare essentials in a first world country, and overall I feel as though we take them for granted. This affliction has no prejudice, it is not confined to one certain type of belief system or sexuality, it is completely universal. We all must tackle the breaking point of what we are willing to give to others versus the ego or perception of what we need for security.
- The Ego of Social Darwinism (pictured above)
- The Hero Code - This is the video I showed Paul with Job's quote that inspired him
- Autobiography of a Yogi
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