The other day I had a nice phone chat with Sensei Strange. Today I was reading the preface to a book of short stories by Orson Scott Card (one of my favorite writers) and a quote jumped out at me as pertaining to our phone discussion...
Art is a dialogue with the audience. There is no reason to create art except to present it to other people; and you present it to other people in order to change them. The world must be changed by what I create... or it isn't worth doing. (OSC, Flux)
To what extent do y'all think this applies to martial arts? If it does apply, who is your audience and to what degree do they dictate the validity and value of your art?