Art and culture have taken over our world. We see it everyday in movies, books, pieces of art. Most people think it's a waste of time. Why waste your precious and valuable time and money on entertaining little knick-knacks when instead, you could do something more productive. You could use that money to save lives, find cures, stop pollution, etc. There are so many problems in our modern world, why splurge on movies, TV, and culture?
Here's what I think. Without television, music, art and literature, the human race would be nothing. Nothing but a bunch of living organisms struggling to survive. I may have exaggerated that a tiny bit, but it's true. Art and culture give us life. They give our world meaning and emphasis. They tell us to slow down and relax. They are here to provide a source of entertainment and beauty.
Still don't believe me? Imagine all the art and culture in the world. From Shakespeare's works to the Star Wars movies to the pop songs that are rising on the charts. Now imagine life without it. Life lacking any sort of originality and creativity. Life without colour. A world of only math and science, where it black or white, and there's no room for exploration or humanity.
Math is math, a predefined study of numbers. Nothing changes, it's always going to be the same, no matter how deep you delve in. Science is a beacon of hope, but it works in a way that cannot change. Science doesn't really let us understand ourselves (technically, it does, since you can learn how your body and mind works, but that isn't the point).
That's where culture comes in. It is an endless world, where you can create infinitely and you're not restricted by any laws. You can be yourself, express your emotions and feelings through words, colours or dance. There is no right and wrong, only room for new inventive ideas.
Aside from that, it literature and the arts expose us to higher thinking. not as in advanced studies, but ideas out of the normal human mind. How did our world form? Who created it? Could something really of sprung up from nothing? Is there such a thing as nothing? Why are we alive? What is our purpose on this planet? How will we die? How will the world end? Are there other places to explore? Do humans live on other planets? Are there galaxies unexplored that harbour life? Someday, could we venture there? Is it- well, I'm getting ahead of myself, but you see my point.
All in all, humans rely on culture more than anything. It's what paints a black and white world.
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