Sometimes other roles in life require us to wear costumes other than that which we'd prefer to don.
But artists, I feel, have a responsibility to shuck all constraints of societal expectations, non? Are we not the either appointed or self-appointed sayers of truth? Or at least our vocal versions of it?
Who else is going to do that kind of work, willingly? :)
No, seriously, most of western society is truly supportive of arts, generally, mostly. Maybe just the people I hang out with. But that's one of the most wonderful things about living in Germany; they LOVE their artists.
*photo courtesy of Berli Berlinski (vielen Dank!) All Rights Reserved.