Addition to “Quotes” Page – Dr. Cornel West
Brooklyn By Way of Syracuse is adding new words of wisdom to its quote page. This quote comes from Dr. Cornel West, a professor at Princeton University as well as a philosopher of African American culture, progression and expression. This quote comes from the context of one late Michael Jackson, as the West explains the rationale behind how a tortured soul is able to manipulate his/her anguish into music that moves and inspires people. It is an object lesson all of us to channel our negative experiences creatively and responsibily not only to act as a catharsis, but also as a teaching mechanism for likeminded folks.
“Any great artist… is wrestling with their sadness and loneliness; their fears, anxieties and insecurities, and they’re transfiguring those into complicated forms of expressions that affect our hearts minds and souls and remind us of who we are as human beings; the fragility of our human status and the inevitability of death.”
– Dr. Cornel West, Activist/Author/Princeton University Professor of African American Studies