To quote a often shared internet meme, “The earth without art is just eh.” Simple but true. Wiser words have yet to be said.
ABOVE: Earth’s Western Hemisphere, Photo: © NASA
Philistine: A person who is guided by materialism and is usually disdainful of intellectual or artistic values. Merriam-Webster
Imagine if there were no Michelangelo, Picasso, or van Gogh. Imagine if there were no Mona Lisa, Guernica, or Dogs Playing Poker. No art on museum walls. No art on your walls. No art anywhere.
While I don’t think the above scenario is at all possible – even cavemen made art – I’ve met my fair share of philistines. Heck, my current mayor is one.
Yes, there is a lot of bullshit out there. Yes, there is a lot of elitism. All that aside, WE NEED ART! We need it in our homes. We need it on our walk to work. We need it in our schools.
In the words of George Bernard Shaw, “Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.” It would indeed.