“Don’t only practise your art, but force your way into its secrets,
for it and knowledge can raise men to the divine.”
Every so often I come across this quote, and each time it stops me in my tracks and demands me to ponder it. To me, it’s a near-perfect summation of what it means to be devoted to a craft. You don’t just practise it; you peel away the surface and prise open all the layers beneath until you begin to make sense of how it works. With a glimpse of such understanding, art can take us out of ourselves and reveal things far deeper than what’s apparent at only that surface layer.
And personally, I’d say the guy knew what he was talking about: