The Vital Importance of The Liberal Arts
I believe that without the liberal arts, the human race cannot exist. Artistic expression is essential.
When we talk about The Liberal Arts, we generally refer to an academic area which consists of either:
Social science (anthropology, linguistics, political science, psychology)
Creative arts (fine arts, music, performing arts, literature)
I believe that it is more than an academic area. In my opinion, it is the heart speaking in an honest, and authentic manner. The Liberal Arts are about creating something artful, something that may seem absurd, something that makes little sense, but most importantly, it comes from within.
At first, it is possible that the author’s work makes little sense to the public and it might think the work is complete bullocks, but with proper communication, it makes perfect sense.
I always remember when I was 7 and went to the museums with my parents, I was staring at the paintings and shouted to my parents: This is boring! What are we doing here? Any kid could have done that. They responded that it isn’t the work that’s interesting, it’s the reason, the purpose, the why, what the author was thinking at the time of the painting. “The behind the scenes” is what’s interesting, the painting itself is secondary. This got me thinking.
The liberal arts are about curiosity and imagination but also about honesty, authenticity and truth. Your expression (it could be body language, it could be a painting, it could be a film, a speech) is your signature.
There is a lot of censorship these days, a lot of political correctness, and too many rules in my opinion. There has been more and more uncertainty and anxiety in the last few years. If there are too many rules, if we are telling people too much what to do, what to think, then how can you be purely curious? How can you be truly interested? How can you become truly authentic? People will end up listening and doing what we tell them, there won’t be space for curiosity, imagination, and artistic expression.
Mother Nature gave us a brain and if we are not “letting it run free”, then why exist? What is the purpose of life?
The Liberal Arts has do with freedom of expression and you may wonder why Elon Musk, (Innovator, whom you might admire or disregard) choose to build Europe’s first Tesla Giga Factory in Berlin is because Berlin has, among other resasons, a great Art Scene. Steve Jobs was as a great innovator and that is because absolutely all the products were married to the Humanities and to The Liberal Arts.) There are many great thinkers, orators, and philosophers who could swear on The Liberal Arts such as Plato, Socrates, Cicero or more recent: Oprah Winfrey, and more. We often talk of about The Art of Photography, or The Art of Public Speaking or the Art of this, of that…
I do think that these days The Liberal Arts are disappearing because there is a lot of censorship in this world, some people feel too entitled, some are not that open to diversity or imagination. I am optimistic, it will change. We are all born artists said Picasso, but it is important to note that other magazines also point out that The Liberal Arts are slowly disappearing.
The opposite of The Liberal Arts is group-think and this is not what the Human Race is about. We want people to be empowered and to take their own and individual decisions; decisions that empower themselves and can then, empower the community, the population or the group.
The Liberal Arts and using it well is crucial to the existence of the Human Race. Without it, we become zombies.