“In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face, is that in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is more meaningful than our criticism designating it so. But there are times when a critic truly risks something, and that is in the discovery and defense of the new. The world is often unkind to new talent, new creations, the new needs friends … Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere…” – Anton Ego, Ratatouille (2007)
It has always been easy to condone and criticize; but to create!… therein lies a pleasure known only to the creator that can never be made visible to the eyes of the critic. When one immerses all of ones senses in the process of creation, one is consumed by the possibilities of more. Once we experience ‘living’ in ever moment of the creative process, it will be that the criticism of the outcome does not matter, and… neither does the appreciation.
For the creative souls of the world, few critics bow down to the spirit of their venture as did Anton Ego in the rather famous animated movie Ratatouille. I may not be running after honing my culinary skills, but I am a person from the creative field nonetheless; and the movie has provided me with some ‘fresh perspective’ indeed.