Agree or Disagree?
Guess I’ll bring this down in parts.
Seems generally agreeable and almost irrefutable about the idea of “just keep going” even if there is no material success, seems okay just to write for personal pleasure and gain without expecting too many rewards from it. But especially keep going if you want to make money from it and this is your ultimate goal.
Writing courses aren’t for everyone, though I think there’s some value, depending on the teacher and system. I took one maybe two poetry workshops and the other thing I remember is the poetry teacher suggesting that sometimes form frees up creativity. That seems right to me, even if to the 19 year old mind it doesn’t. I remember being interested in a short story class at one time, but literally had no interest in writing fiction at the time, now I don’t write anything but fiction–for myself that is. And status updates. Maybe instead of “creative writing courses” as they’re typically understood in the academic context you should take copywriting and/or social media classes because this will accomplish a lot of the same virtues with a different reading list, but still be viewed as more “valuable” moving past the university setting. So do that, yes.
Will generally disagree with Pessoa in this case, therefore to not disagree with him and instead agree with him, would be doing what he’s actually asking you not to do. In other words, it would be disingenuous to the words of Pessoa to actually follow what he says, by following his advice you’re going against his advice–therefore you should take advice at every instance you can.
Beyond the complications of the logic puzzle, I think it’s valuable to follow advice in some cases, knowing that most people forget advice except in 1 or 2 instances. People usually unwillingly give advice, or maybe don’t know they’re giving advice just by the very nature of their lives, they are offering to the world about the “way to live” because they are living that way.
But I guess this is not always true, because people do not always have a choice to live their way in a certain way or opportunities are denied them, which then makes those people look beyond themselves for hope or guidance, realizing that life is beyond themselves though there could be some measurable (non-economic) ways to make their life better and then they generally reach for those things.
Stephen Michael McDowell is an interesting person on the internet. He runs something called Mammal and we appeared on the same Spreecasts a few times before the people that run the internet decided they didn’t want us archived on the internet anymore. In this picture, he is shown reading his book Treeeeees(?) which is good.