Without culture, and the relative freedom it implies, society, even when perfect, is but a jungle. - Albert Camus

 

Artists are usually idiots. I know. I am one. And I try to avoid the company of other artists as they are almost as bad as me, self centered, know it alls, opinionated loudmouthed, stubborn like a bull, and they generally think that artists are better than everybody else (which we are, but we would never admit to thinking such a thought, as we are so humble you see)

 

 

You cant sell news stories that have data and cautious predictions. Where is the panic? Where is the impending doom? C'mon people , give me something to work with here…

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..and as I was a yuppy marketing and advertising executive for the better part
of a decade, I am not really impressed with stories of selling your soul to the devil...

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Art will save the world.

Art will save the world. Isn’t that the most stupid sentence that you have heard in years? Ok, maybe not stupid. Naïve. Juvenile. Ok, stupid. Art? Save the world? Yeah, right.

Artists are usually idiots. I know. I am one. And I try to avoid the company of other artists as they are almost as bad as me, self centered, know it alls, opinionated loudmouthed, stubborn like a bull, and they generally think that artists are better than everybody else (which we are, but we would never admit to thinking such a thought, as we are so humble you see)

So how can I make such a preposterous claim? I mean, we already have the world run by politicians, which by definition are idiots, so we are now going to change to another type of idiots? Isn’t that what dual party voting systems are for?

No,no,no, I would never ever even in my worst nightmares want to give control to the artists. I shudder to think what the world would look like. Cherish the thought. Would be probably fun for the first week, but that's about it.

So how will art save the world? Very simple. By being there. By being what it needs to be. Art. I am not talking about the aesthetic value of art, and I will not quote Wilde that said – a man needs bread and a flower, bread so he can live, and flower so he has something to live for.

No, I am not talking of the notion of art as part of our culture whether we want it or not, or even the mental state art can put us in if we are ready to perceive it in the way it wasn’t meant to be perceived.

No, I am thinking in much more pragmatic practical terms.
There are two ways evolution works in, dictated and voluntary. Dictated would be the phase where nature says – you need to stand up right, so you can see better who is trying to eat you, and voluntary is the part where we say – we need more food faster, let's build a machine that does the collecting and harvesting.  The two are working on each other in the same force as there is only one common goal to be reached. Survival.

It seems that in the voluntary evolution we have gone a bit astray with keeping our eyes on the goal, and there could be benefit in readjusting our point of view on the subject. All that is nice and well, but what does it have to do with art?

There is only one way in which voluntary evolution works – creativity. You have to be open minded, flexible, think outside of the box, find the unexpected solutions to chewed up problems, find new way of thinking, new way of understanding, explore the options, dream up scenarios, invent.

 
It is not necessary to change.
Survival is not mandatory." - W. Edwards Deming
 

"Obviously the worst thing to do is to give this job to the artists. They are dreamers. They don’t 'do' technical details. They don’t care how utopia actually works. They just sing it's praises and like a backseat driver give instructions. So It is still not clear how this whole art thing can even be useful.

Well, art is the far left point where the pendulum comes to a stop. The far right term would be some people's "everything is ok, I have no idea what you are talking about, pour me some more of that wine" point of view.

And the pendulum swings, passing in the middle all the "slightly concerned but too lazy", whooshing over the "no, this can never be done, you are crazy" and resting in the end in that hands of one brilliant engineer, or maybe a chemist, maybe even someone who once came from the world of finance, that will look around, and realize that he has both the creative open-mindness of looking into the future with a smile, the conformist rigidity needed to perform the tasks on a grand scale, and the understanding why both are so important for our survival.

"He" may be a group of people. "He" may be people scattered around the world, without knowing the others exist. "He" is the fruit of our current phase of evolution. Of our consciousness. Of our human being.

And without art to be there at the far left point of the pendulum? Without art to show us what is humanly possible and more?
"he" will not be. And as a consequence, "we" will not be.
Art will save the world.