The Artist's Value to Society
|Such an artist will never have regrets later in life that they didn't pursue their passion. On the other hand, those who turn their back on art in order to make money and fit in with mainstream society may later wish they had developed their artistic gifts, may suffer from midlife angst, and will have lost a significant number of years of creative potential.|
|Artists barely making ends meet will of necessity live a simple life: no buying of mansions, large fuel-inefficient vehicles, or frequent cross-country travel. No collecting of expensive toys. He or she can model environmental responsibility without even thinking about it.|
|Passionate people who sacrifice to create beauty and authenticity shine a light on mainstream society and its ethically questionable actions. Does an average worker's paycheck or investment income derive from companies that are polluting the earth or promoting violence? Do our creature comforts come at the expense of cruelly disadvantaged workers in distant countries? Shouldn't there be more to life than working long hours at a boring or stressful job just because it pays well?|
Artists provide more for the rest of society than just entertainment. They model a radical, more authentic way to live in the world.