Dwight Schrute: The Prophet

March 25th, 2013 | By


Rainn Wilson, the actor who plays Dwight on The Office, is my soul brother. About a year ago, I came across this little video of him explaining some of his views on art, spirituality and philosophy. It has resonated with me a lot ever since.

Here are some of the big ideas he lays out:

“There [is] no difference between being devout and being an artist. There’s no difference between creativity and spirituality and philosophy. . . It’s all about human expression, and, it’s all about seeking to transcend. It’s about that yearning, whether it’s through science or through art [or] through service. . . I play Dwight. That’s just as much me being of service and worshiping as if I’m on my knees in some temple somewhere or bowing my head in prayer to God in some way. It’s really all just the same thing.”

I just finished reading Nature by Emerson, which pretty much started the whole transcendentalist movement. One of the main principles he lays out in it is called Unity. According to Emerson, Unity basically means that “a rule of one art, or a law of one organization, holds true throughout nature.”

I can’t help but think Rainn Wilson is talking about this same kind of Unity. I mean, he’s got to have some serious transcendentalist or hippie roots, considering his name is Rainn.

I believe in Unity too. When I write music, I learn important truths about decision making, vision, order, and just about everything else. Each principle I learn can easily be applied to all the areas of my life.  For me, creating music is special in this way. But, because I believe in Unity, I realize that just about any activity I bring my focus and intention to can open new doors to truth. I’m grateful for that.

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