“Archaeologists have not discovered stages of human existence so early that they were without art. Right back in the early morning twilights of mankind we received it from Hands which we were too slow to discern. And we were too slow to ask: FOR WHAT PURPOSE have we been given this gift? What are we to do with it?” – Alexandr Solzhenitsyn – Nobel Lecture
There is not even a single person on this planet that does not consume art. Regardless of their race, sex, religious beliefs, level of culture, education, income, political affiliation, there isn’t a single human being who does not consume some sort of art. Music is a good example of an artistic medium that is indispensable.
You could probably give up on a lot of things that define who you are, what you do, what you have, but you wouldn’t be able to give up on art.
No Netflix and chill? Ever?
But how is art going to save the world?
“Art inflames even a frozen, darkened soul to a high spiritual experience. Through art we are sometimes visited – dimly, briefly – by revelations such as cannot be produced by rational thinking.
Like that little looking-glass from the fairy-tales: look into it and you will see – not yourself – but for one second, the Inaccessible, whither no man can ride, no man fly. And only the soul gives a groan …” – Alexandr Solzhenitsyn – Nobel Lecture
This is how art will save the world. As it has done countless times before. Art saves us from ourselves, from the pity frustrations of day to day life, saves the broken from their hopeless endeavors, saves the unhappy from pulling the trigger, saves the lonely from silence, shows us not what is, but what could be.
The Inaccessible. The human longing to be more than what is possible, to announce the darkness of our brevity that we shall be more, achieve more, fight against insurmountable odds and win.