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I don’t know if everyone is aware of it but DeviantART have been petitioning ICANN so they can manage the domain dotART.  This journal isn’t about that but it was something that inspired me to finally put some of my thoughts down about something that is happening to the Arts whose consequences are far greater.

Spyed’s journals on the subject along with a link to sign the petition are below;

spyed.deviantart.com/journal/H…

fav.me/d58lbvi

I signed and endorsed their application not because someone should control the domain but more because it is going to be assigned to some group or other and if that’s so then DeviantART seem the best candidate for the job.  Last thing we need is some company like News Corp or Microsoft in control of it.

But I digress…

This isn’t what I wanted to talk about today. Everyone on dA knows what art is good for.  It’s integral to the way we live our lives.  I wanted to look at something going on in western society that is a threat to what we love and how there is some (mad) reasoning behind that threat.

ART EDUCATION

If you are an art teacher or work within the education system at all you will notice something about the Arts… There is only one time in which the Arts come up in discussions about education first…  The Arts are the first thing put on the table when it comes to discuss budget cuts in education.  No department gets the level of cuts art does.

It seems that the government feels that the Arts are something to be ‘sponsored’ or left as some After School Program that the local PTSA (Parent Teacher Student Association) can pay for off the charitable donations of kids and parents for homemade baked goods.

The Arts is treated by the education system in the west like the geeky kid at the school dance, ignored, sometimes humored, often maligned.  Not fully integrating the Arts into a full and well rounded school curriculum is like taking milk away from kids and giving them sweet sugar drinks that could cause diabetes.  Oh, wait!! They HAVE done that.  How about if the food you were allowed to eat only went to the left side of your body leaving the right side to atrophy?  That’s what is happening with student’s heads. 

The left side of the brain is stuffed with pure information, no context, words, numbers and facts. 

The right side is left to get information only from TV and video games.  Doing to the brain what the sweet, sugary drinks are doing to the body.

 

BUDGET CUTS

When a school announces that they’re cutting budgets most parents sigh with relief when they hear that Art is being cut back from 2 periods a year throughout the entire year to 2 periods a week for just one semester.  That French is being cut from 6 periods a week to 4.  And maybe they can get away with a few cuts to sports (there’s other things they can do to work off those sugary drinks right?).  Just as long as those precious subjects Math, English and Science don’t get touched.

And why are the cuts even necessary in the first place?

Oh yeah, that’s right… Tax cuts for the people who are so wealthy they’re already sending their kids to private school where the rote learning and the standardized testing doesn’t take place. 

We know from the Reagan era that trickle down economics doesn’t work - it just makes the “1%” even more wealthy.

The public school system gets cut back time and time again.  So why is the “Rote System” pushed so much?

Test Scores.

You see if a school gets good or great test score averages it makes the school more popular and eligible for more grants.  More importantly, if the town’s schools are doing very well it attracts people who want to live there to raise their kids.  The more that people want to live in an area the greater the property prices are and the greater the taxes are.  I’ve seen this happen first hand in my own kids school system, one of the top public schools in the country, but I could never afford to buy a house there let a lone pay the taxes. 

Our school gets its fair share of cutbacks to the arts but as there are a lot of wealthy individuals who like the arts they are willing to pay for art classes for their kids.  After School Programs can be big business in areas like this.  I’ve taught a couple of these myself where you get paid nearly $100 an hour to teach kids how to draw.  But it shouldn’t be this way.  Art should be taught in school and given the same level of attention that Math and English gets.

 

SO WHY PENALIZE THE ARTS?

 

Look around at where the world is heading right now.  More people wanting more money and not caring what they do and who gets hurt to get it.

In this current world all the hard fought for freedoms of the past 100 years are being eaten away.  The Middle Class is facing a death from a hundred cuts.  How many still have a ‘normal’ 5 day working week consisting of no more than 35-40 hours?  Medical and financial benefits are being eaten away.  How long will you keep your sick days, maternity leave, the right for your children to have a full rounded education, pensions, medical care when you’re older or have an accident?  All fought for and won by unions, those same unions that are being systematically dismantled and neutered around the country. Regardless of political ideologies, when business interests enter the realms of the political sphere, then the rights of the individuals are always pushed back.

Here in America that thin curtain that certain individuals tried to hide their greed behind has finally been pulled away.  The Wizard stands revealed as a group of high net worth individuals who do not care what happens to others.  They don’t care if you die of cancer or because you can’t afford an operation or an education beyond school.  They are so wealthy they cannot imagine what it is like to go without anything.  They cannot see, and worse do not care, what happens to others.  Some are even worse.  They know exactly what they are doing.  They are trying to protect their families so they get richer and everyone else gets poorer.  They need a slave class.

The Arts are now becoming the leisure pastime of the wealthy. 

How can you possibly train the next generation to become an artist or writer or photographer if you’re holding down three jobs just to survive and pay down the interest on your student loans? 

How many of the successful novelists and writers today are where they are because their parents were wealthy enough to support their interests?  They didn’t need to work for a living so they could try their hand at writing novels and then have them passed on to family friends who owned or held influence with publishing companies.

But still, why penalize the Arts?

The Arts require people to think as individuals.  They’re about ideas and beliefs.  How many of the worlds technological advances would have been made without artists?  I personally feel that the world’s major innovators have been artists.  These writers, painters, musicians and filmmakers who inspired scientists and inventors to make real things others imagined. 

We’ve already surpassed much of the technology of things like STAR TREK.  We look back and see how quaint Captain Kirk’s communicator looked.  If only he could see how much we can do with an iPhone that his communicator can’t and they’re the same size.  When Star Trek was created a computer the size of a city block would have been needed to do what an iPhone is capable of. Man went to the Moon on less technology than a Commodore 64 bit game console.  An even better example is by Fantastic Four and Avengers creator Jack Kirby.  For his DC Comics series The NEW GODS he gave each of these "gods" a 'Mother Box.'  A little black shiny box through which they could communicate and get information from.

Everyone on DeviantART is an artist of one description or other.  We have ideas and we freely share them with others in the community.  We also give critiques and advice in return.  Just that alone makes us alien to the 1% who would see us do no more than serve them their dinner, lunch or coffee.  Clean their houses, fix their cars, mow their lawns, look after their children. 

Yet if they could only feel what it is like to create something… See ideas come together in their head, on canvas, on screen, on paper… Would that change them?  Inspire them to be better people?

Unfortunately not, for like many now they think that their iPhone with Instagram makes everyone a photographer, a filter in photoshop turns everyone into a painter and a writing software with prompts turns everyone in to a screenplay writer.  All these things they use as weapons to make us give up.

These people are not to be trusted.  They will steal your ideas and crush your inspirations while smiling at you and telling you jokes.  They will sweet-talk you with promises they cannot keep.  Some will offer you $1 for every million they make and with their false smiles will have you believe it’s a great deal.

But the real thing they want is to stop free thinking.  Stop imagining a better world.  Accept the one they give you.  Know your place.  Don’t question.  Be a cog in the machine.  Another brick in the wall.

In the past there have always been those who corrupted what artists do.  Our stories and art begat religions used to control us.  Our ideas and philosophies became the culture everything was built upon, so now that culture is moving into a gated community that the majority of us cannot afford.  Or so they think.  For we will always create new ideas and stories.  Culture isn’t something that can be locked down even though aspects of it may be moved beyond our reach.

And their next move?  To take our dreams and if they can’t steal them then they will stifle them.  They are in their castles and have kicked away the ladders.  The moats are filled with oil ready to be lit should we storm their castle.

And still they may tease us into giving up our ideas in return for a ladder to join them.  But those ladders will always be a few rungs short of the top.

We must resist.  We must unite against them and learn to see them for who they are.  They are looking to establish a Brave New World where only they get to see the light of day. 

We are creating the world that is to come but we won’t settle for having it taken from us and made to believe we are worthless or less than others. Our ideas today will build tomorrow.

 

We are FUTURISTS.



A quote from Terence McKenna-

“Progress of human civilization in the area of defining human freedom is not made from the top down. No king, no parliament, no government ever extended to the people more rights than the people insisted upon…WE are not going away. We are not slack-jawed, dazed, glazed, unemployable psychotic creeps. We are pillars of society. You can’t run your computers, your fashion houses, your publishing houses, your damn magazines, you can’t do anything in culture without psychedelic people in key positions. And this is the great unspoken of American Creativity. ”

Special thanks to Richard Caldwell

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Sabis Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Amen.

When I opened my ill timed Arts Centre it was because of everything you said above. As well as a desire to nurture the budding interest and talent of area kids, in an effort to combat the social expectations that kill artists in droves. "What are you going to be when you grow up?" A reply having anything to do with the Arts (with exception to Graphic Art, which is funded and a socially acceptable career choice now) is frowned upon and met with further pressure to be "realistic".

Some of us are Artists...inside and out. Our education systems and governments do not recognize nor encourage such paths. Unless it suits their quota requirements for Cultural needs.

I sincerely hope to see a change in this regard, and perhaps a return to appreciation of the Arts.
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DeevElliott Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Even at art college I was told by my tutors to steer away from comics, focus on illustration. When I left college I did mainly illustration but through a friend started to do some storyboard work that rekindled my desire to tell stories with pictures...

It does seem that there is a growing appreciation of the Arts but its not in form we want to readily accept.

Everyone who has a phone now has a camera. Through Instagram or Hipstamatic and Tumblr everyone is a photographer. Software that turns photos into oil paintings or chalk drawings means everyone can 'paint'.

Do we dare say what they produce isn't art?
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Sabis Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Your voice is mine in this.

The digital age has opened up creativity for the masses...Good!... Yet has also cheapened the talent or skills of Artists with easy emulation. (This statement does not include Artists who use digital medium to create astounding original art) "Why bother when I can DIY this for myself in this or that program?" or the very unrealistic expectations that, "Should be easy, right?" while discussing a project.

I work hard to attain realism, but I am not a machine lol.

I hate to think that art galleries where masterpieces are hung now are being viewed as "Meh, I can do that on my PC with some photos and these fancy brushes in ten minutes."

I risk sounding bitter here...but it is a development I've seen ongoing. It saddens me greatly to think Artists won't bother developing to their potential if there are so many shortcuts available to satisfy their creative whims.
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DeevElliott Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
I would like to see done to lawyers what they have helped do to artists. Free or extremely cheap contracts for download or a website where you just punch in a few lines of information and out comes a contract that any one can have.

Let's take away and demean their jobs like they've overseen doing to everyone else.
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Sabis Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Lmao! HSUS: Lawyers in cages on YouTube?

Maybe our problem is that we are all too passive and poor?

Thanks for the chat! Put me on the list of Activists when you start the Art revolution.
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DeevElliott Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Name taken. You're on the list.

:-)

We're passive because we're poor. Beaten down to be oh-so thankful we have any job at all.

Lawyers in Cages would make millions as a Pay-Per-View event.

;-)
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Pluie-Froide Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Student General Artist
I wonder if my generation is going to change anything for the better. Most seem pretty brainwashed by today's society. :(
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DeevElliott Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
I think every generation thinks the same thing. I hope your generation can bring the change that is needed and I hope every other generation will support you or get their own shit together.

We're all guilty of cutting our own noses off despite our faces.
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Pluie-Froide Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Student General Artist
I really hope so; I might be biased as well. I only know my generation from observation at high school, and the schools I've attended were, class-wise, as opposite as you can get. One loaded with gangs and a hope-crushing system, the other full of pricks who only care about getting that new iPhone, who care nothing for anybody else and who will leave for college completely ignorant of the real world. So maybe I'm just missing out on the decent middle-class folk.
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DeevElliott Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Yeah, it's really difficult to find the middle ground between those two. They are there, but they're usually well aware of the people around them and don't stick out. There are more than you think so there is hope.
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dragonladych Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for that. You say it much better than me.
It's to despair when you think that people actually died to gain these rights the news generations are so carelessly throwing away. Week ends, paid holidays, etc.
People think it's only medical advances that made people live longer, but I believe it's also the fact that all these rights induced less stress, this is soon going to change again, not for the better.

About art, there is also the general belief now that everything must be free in a very egocentric sense. Of course art should be accessible to all but not to the detriment of quality, the people producing the art should be able to spend enough time making quality art, not having all these side jobs and just make art on the side. I've tried all kind of formulas over the past ten years to make this work, but I am beginning to tire, not sure where I am heading here.
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DeevElliott Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012
There is a lot of evidence to show that people who feel happier work harder and what they produce is better in the right conditions.

I recommend reading Malcolm Gladwell's 'Tipping Point' for some interesting stories about that.

I'm a firm believer that for us to be better people all round we need to feed and nurture both sides of the brain. Starving one side and force-feeding fear to the other is a recipe for disaster.
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dragonladych Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
*sigh" if only more people could see this. In the past twenty years my main day job has gone from an interesting challenge to a race for productivity, completely disregarding any human considerations, and I see this everywhere. Those new "bullying-marketing" strategies are bringing everything down. I mean why would one need to make profit with what used to be a public service (in my case a museum)? Is it even a notion anymore for young people?

Still, ten years ago I decided to disregard the trend and go the other way. I reduced my work hours and started to learn to draw. I feel better than ever before in my adult life. The nurturing part, I agree so completely with this, it's what I tried to say in the art book I made this year. Not meant to be a great thing, it's just something I had to say.

I'll check that book out, thanks for the reference.
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KarAnde Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Ive recently figured out how lucky I am here in California in that my community college art instructors are so adamant about teaching fundamentals.

That being said everything you said rings all too true. That very same school that I lucked out at less that 6 years ago had Classes specializing in things like perspective and shading. Now that same school is cutting classes left and right and is even activly trying to keep kids from taking a class more than once when for art that used to be a pre-req to move on to more advanced work, which means teachers are having to backslide to bring those who wernt quite ready up to speed with those who were.

That is just on a post high school level, and I know things are much worse elsewhere but it always starts with the small things.
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DeevElliott Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012
Yes, its death by a thousand cuts. Like the comic industry, the arts in education is being kept alive by those with a love and a passion for what they believe in.
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KarAnde Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
The part that burned me about those two class in particular is they let a teacher who shouldnt have been teaching them give them an excuse to shut them down. She merged them then butchered them until the school was like "Well no loss cutting these".
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DeevElliott Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012
What is often sad to see is teachers who think they can do an art class (and have the best intentions) royally fuck things up. The fact that the teacher even attempted it shows what people think of the arts in schools. Would a school have let an art teacher take over a calculus class because that teacher "liked math"?
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KarAnde Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
These days....maybe. That about how high school classes seem to work over the last decade.

This teacher honestly needed to be at a graduate school, where questioning fundamentals isn't going to screw kids up before they even get started.
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DeevElliott Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012
You're right and that just underscores our point.
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KarAnde Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
That it does.
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DeevElliott Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
Please watch this: [link]

Heartbreaking. We think we have it bad.

- Dave
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Silverlute Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012   Digital Artist
It's not that West got hit by this. I remember that teachers, and not only teachers but relatives too, used to ask us this when we were kids: "What's your favorite subject/class in school? But please, don't tell me arts, gym or music." Go figure. I don't know why people think arts are unnecessary. Soul needs food too.

Considering your post, I have to say I'm glad that I'm not alone! We share the same thoughts about this. But no reign lasts forever, not even theirs.
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DeevElliott Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
Every Empire falls and there will always be another. I hope one day we can get it right.

Thanks,

- Dave
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Silverlute Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012   Digital Artist
West only*
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a very well thought-out description of what I am seeing all around me, too. Our local high-school just built a million-dollar new football stadium and then they had the gall to call a local vote on increasing property taxes, because the poor schools couldn't even pay for the buses to ferry the kids to school (don't even know if they have anything in the way of arts programs any more, because I am fortunate enough to be childless and not release a next generation into the mess we're leaving the world in).

Anything that cannot be immediately monetized (producing the next generation of professional sports stars and the hordes of cube-dwellers who are supposed to create wealth for the companies and step over each other to work ever longer hours for ever less money because they are so lucky to even have a job) is pretty much left by the way-side.

I don't think we'll get this under control until it's too late, similar to our use of all available energy sources and the wreck of the natural environment. We'll stay on this merry go round until either the poor are desperate enough to start another revolution or until the environment gives out on us - no more oil, no more arable soil, natural catastrophes that are more expensive to clean up than the GDP of the country they happen in - and then we'll be lucky if a few of us will be left over to start from zero.
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DeevElliott Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
Thanks for reading through this.

You're absolutely right it won't get under control because there are too many people trying to feed off the people. Politicians and Corporations have become like leeches trying to drain our last drop of blood.

That may seem overly dramatic but I don't really think it is far off the mark. You only have to hear Mitt Romney's comments to realize he thinks of himself as a people apart from us.

Let's see what last acts of desperation Romney and his backers have for November. I just wish we weren't trapped between a rock and a hard place in these elections.
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree, this year's election depresses me. Neither party is willing to make the systemic changes that are needed to get to the root causes of this misery, and personally I despise Romney and most of his agenda. If it was 300 years ago the man would be an aristocratic slave owner who'd use ordinary humans to wipe his behind.
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DeevElliott Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
Both parties are part of the problem. I don't align myself to either party any more but we just can't have a moron like Mitt Romney in the White House. It'll be worse than the Bush years.

Unfortunately change only comes when everyone works together and that only happens in Hollywood movies when an asteroid is going to hit or aliens are attacking. We need a good disaster (but hopefully one that won't actually hurt anyone).
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Ellygator Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah. Aren't humans funny?! We still fall for the old "threat to the tribe" thing...
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DeevElliott Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
Seems to work every time.
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Marshall-Mc Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
Thank you so much for those words, Dave. As a former Art teacher and Design software trainer that went down with the cut backs in the educational system in Portugal, those words made me cry for knowing how true they are.
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DeevElliott Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
I wish I could have written the piece without talking about politics or corporatism but they're all so interwoven they can't be separated.
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yeahgirl11 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks for sharing your thoughts Dave. I completely agree. Although I must say that this is not new. I mean concerning the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer. This has happenned before in the past. And as history has shown, empires do fall. I always think about the people in this world who have always had nothing, the underprivlidged, poor and oppresssed people of the world. What about them, where's their justice? I believe those who do wrong will gwt what they deserve, it just fucking sucks how the cycle of the rich controlling everything and everyone is starting up again.
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DeevElliott Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
If I was more religious I could rest knowing that they'll all burn in Hell.

Yes, Empires do fall but now every empire is deeply intertwined with the others. When they fall it'll be a big one.
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yeahgirl11 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I thought you were somewhat religious Dave? :?

You make a really good point. I'm pretty sure people can survive though. We still have many people in the world who get by without fancy technology, and humans have been living like that for a very long time.
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DeevElliott Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
I think of myself as 'spiritual.' I believe that there is something good in every religion that can be taken as lessons or guidance when it comes to considering how one should lead ones life.

But I don't believe that God wrote the Bible because I know man too well. We are all selfish SOB's that can't resist the allure of money and power, but we're happy to tell other people to lead their lives a certain way. Besides, the Bible is a 'best of' collection of books written by others. Around the year 300AD a group of religious leaders got together and decided what books were canon and what weren't. Once they had made their selection they decided to put them into one large volume to forever be referred to as the Bible. Surprisingly Jesus' own brother's book wasn't picked for inclusion.

I don't know if you ever watch any of the TED Talks, but here is a good one you should watch and share with anyone who thinks we can keep on as we are:

[link]
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yeahgirl11 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I agree with that. :nod:

I think I know what you're talking about- it was the council of Niciea or something like that (they had more than one meeting about the theological aspects), where they also voted to decide if Jesus was God (ironically, the bible doesn't even say that he is).

I've never heard of the TED talks. Thanks for the link!
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DeevElliott Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012
I wonder how many books there actually were at that time that they had to choose from. I also remember reading about the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls and how it was quite clear that some had discovered them beforehand. Makes you wonder what was lost, like the library at Alexandria, to be never seen again.
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DeevElliott Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
As much as mankind as a race has evolved my hopes for that evolution to lead to humanity being more enlightened have been dashed.

We must accept that Mankind will never change and man will never learn from its mistakes.
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yeahgirl11 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Yeah, some things will never change, sadly.
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DeevElliott Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
Amen.
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theLotteryParty Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
I just watched a recent Adrien Brody (big fan) film called Detachment. You should really check it out. It's another perspective on all of this. I even wonder if it's responsible for the teachers strikes in Chicago right now.
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gph-artist Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Great journal, Dave.

Art and artistic endeavors promotes creativity, pushes boundaries, drives us forward as a civilization. Goals can be far-fetched thanks to creative minds; it promotes elastic endpoints, destinations we will never attain, but ones we are drawn to. And we continue to stretch those goals outward the closer we get to them.

Sadly, the majority of the populace has had that beat out of them. "Stop daydreaming." " Be realistic." "You can't do things that way." "Put away your toys." "Grow up."

I have been an artist since I was small (ask my mother). I have taken countless aptitude and skills/personality tests that support the fact that I am ridiculously right-brained and would never be strong at right-brained activity. Here's the silly part of that: art is my paying hobby, not my primary work. I went to school for engineering. I have worked in countless arenas were problem-solving, iteration, and structure were needed. I work in I.T. now. I believe I have succeeded in those arenas because I don't think or process like everyone else. I owe that to art: drawing, writing, painting, creative activity. In fact, the role I am now in I was hired for specifically because I am creative; my role is bridging I.T. mechanics with the utility needed for common, end users. I get to right-brain/left-brain all day long.

As a father I have worked tirelessly to make sure my children clung to and fueled their creative nature as much as there core school basics. There is a freedom associated with creativity that I wish them to keep for their whole lives.

Art needs to be elevated again, as it was during the height of the Renaissance, as it was always made important by countless dynasties before us.




Or our future selves will never know anything more than plugging pegs into appropriate holes.
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yeahgirl11 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I always laugh at that "Be realistic" BS. What the hell is that even supposed to mean anyways? What does being "unrealistic" consist of anyways? If people weren't supposedly "being realistic", we wouldn't have any of the ideals and innovations we have right now. Much of it is just cultrually consructed for the most part.
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theLotteryParty Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
Right on. Being realistic is not to be confused with being complacent.
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yeahgirl11 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Wait, do you actually mean "realistic", or "unrealistic"? :XD:
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DeevElliott Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
Many kids that are put into 'Special Needs" units at school simply access information in a different way to others. There are loads of kids that are right brain thinkers but manage to struggle through when they shouldn't have to.

Many denounce art just because they can't do it. It is no different from Math or English, you didn't just learn addition, subtraction, multiplication, division one day and did algebra and calculus the next.

It needs time and patience to grow a talent at anything. It's about time ART got a little more time and a lot more patience.
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Silverlute Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012   Digital Artist
Maybe art wouldn't need more time if it was done as often as math or science. We had 1 class of art per week and 6-8 classes of math for example.
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DeevElliott Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
Yes and here that started like that then dropped to art for one period per week for one one semester a year. Now to do art you have to come in a hour early to do it and the teacher volunteers.
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Silverlute Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012   Digital Artist
Horrible. I'm glad I even finished uni before all this since now it seems only the rich ones will be able to pay for that level of education. Smells like the Middle Ages.
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