The importance of Art

To some people art is very important, to others it is nothing. To most, it is nice, but fades besides the everyday problems of physical survival, housing, food, money, children, etc.

As far as I can see, the value boils down to what you think you are: A meat machine or a spiritual being. For a meat machine, naturally anything that is not about physical survival is very secondary. For a spiritual being, who knows what is important? Basically, that would be up to the individual spiritual being to decide, wouldn't it?

But there appears to be something about art that really means something to many of us. The fact alone that some people are willing to spend more money on a single work of art than most people earn in a lifetime should make you think. It might be wrong or right or something else, but it definitely shows that something is goin on there.

One pertinent issue is that "art" is defined much more broadly than most people realize, but that is a seperate chapter. The fact is it is an observable fact that art makes people happier, and also that happiness is one of the most important factors in life, even if you only look at bare survival. Just for instance, only unhappy people commit suicide, so it should be clear that being happy is great if you want to live long! Not to mention that happy people are more productive, and production is basic for survival.

Based on that I feel it pretty clear that art is not a mere "luxury", but rather a vital ingredient in the lives of the peoples of Earth. It probably does little good to go into great arguments with those who believe differently, for this issue, like so many others, easily borders on beliefs.

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