Why Taiji is Alchemical – Prologue
Writing is the most tortuous of the arts because it must go through that socially conditioned node: the intellect. On a whim, I searched up suicide rates by branch of the creative arts. By no means scientific, the results were:
- dancers – 5
- visual artists – 67
- musicians – 102
- writers – 254
If art is medicine — and I am willing to defend that position until I’m proven wrong — then writing seems to be on par with chemotherapy. The prize for best medicine, by these standards, goes to the dancers, and, by extension, all artists who perform patterns of movement.