Paul Malikkal

About Me

In the real world, we too often equate vulnerability with weakness. Those who are vulnerable and cannot mask it are viewed as unfit for living in a world that so often rewards apathy over empathy, strength over weakness, and rationality over emotion.

They're called thin-skinned, overly sensitive, over-dramatic, etc. But whereas these qualities are deridied in real life, they are the very qualities that draw us to so many of our favorite artists. For instance, think of how we judge actors. What are the qualities we admire in great actors, like say Phillip Seymour Hoffman? Isn't it that very vulnerability, that same inability to hold back emotion? But when our favorite actors display these traits, we praise their performances as "authentic" or "honest" or "moving." And I would argue that this is the case for all the arts. In the real world, we're rewarded for supressing our emotions, for hiding weakness, but artists are so often praised for the opposite, for holding nothing back.

I think that's why I've always wanted to be one. When I'm making or consuming art, I'm the most honest version of myself. I can let my defenses down. There's nothing to supress; nothing to hide.

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