Wow what a lovely conversation! Thank you for taking the time to put how we all feel into words... your initial post gave me goose bumps.
I so love your explanation of art -- I would add that not only are we compelled to create our works of art but sometimes the works compel others as well -- art can inspire us to create a masterpiece, make a simple handmade project, or just to appreciate beauty when it touches us!
My motto (which stamping has helped me figure out) is take the joy where you find it. Stamping makes me happy, and that is a fine thing!
Renee (happy SU! demo since 2005)