I was moved to tears after reading Gapingvoid cartoonist Hugh MacLeod’s new book Evil Plans: Having Fun on the Road to World Domination, where he urges us all to unify love and work, in an ultimate, big-picture effort to give what we’re fully capable of sharing with the world.
MacLeod, who I began following after reading his first book Ignore Everybody, says we all crave something so simple: To be “my best self, playing my best game.” And what “boring, dead-end jobs” do to a creative person is inhibit you from being and sharing your best self.
Despite the stack of benefits, those cubicle-containing corporate gigs rarely allow you “to give enough to the world.”
“I’m not the world’s most talented person at what I do. Neither are you,” he writes in his moving final chapter. “That doesn’t make the gifts we have any less valid. Giving the gift is an act of love. And love is the only thing that matters. That’s why we have an Evil Plan…Because it matters. Because love matters. What else is there to say?”
This book has been a gift for creative people, like myself, who know they have so much more to give, yet are fearful of leaving the “golden handcuffs” that corporate life provides. MacLeod even echoes that fear and doubt and insecurity – and still pushes those brave enough to take a gamble on their talent and go after their evil plans.
“Sooner or later you’re going to have to explain to your friends and family EXACTLY why you decided to quit your sta ble 401K job and go off on some long-term ACT OF LUNACY i.e. your EVIL PLAN,” he acknowledges. “I don’t know what exactly you’ll tell them. I do know, however, that somewhere in the back of your mind will be a feeling that you have something you want to give to the world, something that you haven’t given yet, something the world needs but doesn’t quite know it yet.”