What is most personal is most universal

The American psychologist, Carl Rogers, said what is most personal is most universal.

I do not follow sport, but I read Wright Thompson’s articles on sportspersons. I want nothing to do with British aristocracy, but I loved PG Wodehouse’s books. I have listened to most of Frederic Chopin, the 19th century Polish composer’s celebrated pieces and read several Sherlock Holmes books, set in Victorian London.

What is interesting is how little I have in common with the creators I have mentioned above or the context of their work. But perhaps, there is something deeper than this context. What all of them share in common is that their pieces are deeply personal. They dig deep enough to appeal to the human being in each one of us, making their works more universal.

Therefore, what is most personal is most universal. It is also art. Artists dig deep. They reach out to what is most personal within each one of us, making their works transcend the boundaries of time, location, culture and professional context.

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