“Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” ― Yoda
I’ve spent my entire life in the arts in one way or another, mostly by writing music and producing concerts but I also run an arts organization in which capacity I am frequently asked to justify our work as artists in terms of economic benefits like jobs created. I tend to bristle at this kind of thinking because for one thing it’s obvious that the arts sector creates jobs. I mean what sector doesn’t?
Literally everything we humans do creates jobs. From watching television, to drinking beer, to shooting off guns in the woods, to shooting guns at your television while drinking beer in the woods, (just to name a few of my favorites,) there simply isn’t a human activity that doesn’t create jobs. And yet artists are asked to justify our existence based on how many jobs we create? It’s a stupid and insulting thing to ask us to do and it’s misses the entire point. To reduce art and the people who make it to jobs created is so woefully off base that I don’t even know where to begin. (more…)