AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Until they found the topless photos,
While I don’t have a very high opinion of the state of
Or maybe this has nothing to do with art or the fact that this teacher served as a (sometimes nude) model in her free time for an art photographer. Maybe it has more to do with the fact that the art photographer was also the teacher’s lesbian partner… which returns us to the idea of a higher moral standard. Does becoming a teacher force a person to sell their individuality for $30,000/year (often less)? Is that the current going rate for our freedom? Is Ms. Hoover selfish for wanting it both ways? For wanting to teach and share her knowledge as well as live her life in whatever way makes her happy? Of course she is – and that’s her right. Whether it is artistic expression or lifestyle freedom, doesn't really matter. What does matter is her right to make choices based on her own ability to be selfish.
The Sunday Morning show, this week, was obviously themed towards Father’s day. One segment dealt with the changes between generational approaches to fatherhood. A father discussed how he arranged his work schedule to optimize the amount of free time he could spend with his children. Ironically, when interviewed, his own father was worried that his son would feel too much of a sense of loss once his children left home, because he had never spent time for himself. While I agree with the grandfather, I believe it reaches beyond parenting. Each life is our own to waste or spend. When I die, if I missed out on something in life, the only person I can blame is myself. This is true for everyone. The teacher in
Art is the most selfish thing we can do with our lives. That’s what makes it so addictive. If we didn’t choose to selfishly claim our lives as our own, the work would never come. – DN