This isn’t going to be a long post cause I’ve got places to go, but ever since seeing that meme about people in STEM I couldn’t help but think about the seemingly never ending Science vs Art debate. Personally I think it’s a waste of time, but as an English major and someone who occasionally doodles (I’m not like an artist artist) it comes up every once in a while.
The funniest thing to me is when people in the sciences talk as if their field is more important, and then ask me to help edit their paper. All the complex thoughts in the world are ultimately meaningless if you can’t communicate them. There’s a reason why Pop is one of the biggest categories in music, what’s popular reaches a larger audience whether or not it’s good. The cure for Cancer is important, and so is making it easier for everyone to understand it so it can be implemented wide scale.
One of my favorite moments in A Different World was when Kim Reese, a future doctor, and her boyfriend Matt, an actor, where having a conversation about their respective fields of study. Kim of course argued that saving lives was ultimately the more important job, however Matt countered with the question, “what are you saving them for?”
Imagine life without books, or tv and film, or any art whatsoever. Fliers would just be black and white, times new roman font, pieces of paper with just the information. There’d be almost no need for televisions or cameras or anything and life would just be about what is. Forgive me if I don’t consider that to be very fulfilling. People need to unwind and they need to get creative otherwise you could live to 100 and sill have nothing to show for it.
Both mediums have the power to do a lot of good in society as well as a lot of harm, there are plenty of cautionary tales about people abusing science and there are plenty of stories about the arts being used to manipulate peoples opinions. All in all the right dose of both is important to live a life that’s worth while. Essentially I’ll leave you with this, when a person is trying to control a population they tend to want to eliminate the arts and make you question the validity of the sciences. Don’t take either for granted.
As usual stay informed and see you Wednesday!
***Featured Image- my doodles