I am a Pinterest novice. I have only a handful of items so far on my Pinterest boards. If you don't know what Pinterest is, it is a social network built around sharing what is worth sharing. You pin your interest. Sounds simple enough. Not much to think about.
What I am thinking about though, is what the endgame of Pinterest is. More specifically, what will my Pinterest begin to say about me?
What is worth sharing can really be classified in two different spheres:
A) I want to share what is cool, hip, modern, trendy, needed, craved, wanted, drooled over, special
B) I want to share what is beautiful, wonderful, artsy, handcrafted, embodied, worshipful, true
I think that Pinterest can really boil down to lust or love.
I wonder what my Pinterest will begin to say about how I view art. I am a big print fan. I could collect them and fill my wall with framed prints. I have prints of photos I have taken, a print of the soldier and nurse kissing after WWII is finally over, a print of Robert Frost's first book cover and some letterpress prints. I am always on the look out for some new prints, always wanting something new to catch my eye. This collector's mindset is good: it helps me to discern what I value as beautiful. The mindset is also bad though. Many days I just want something to want it. I feel a need for it. Like it is drawing itself to me. I start feeling like it will complete my room decoration, and at a deeper level, if my room is complete than I am complete.
My identity can begin to be built around things. Even wonderful, beautiful, artful things.
Pinterest is not bad. That's not what I am saying. I am just warying of what I might do with it and how I could distort how I appreciate the value of art.
Art is valuable because it is wonderful, beautiful and true. That is a response of love. That is why I should pin it on my "board." It is so easy to slip down the road of lust though, to share something just to puff myself up and feel "in the know" or cool. That road is a fire that can never be quenched.
Here's to staying on the path of love, and pinning things to my Pinterest wall that will burn like embers with the slow beauty of love.