When one is surrounded by people doing ugly deeds, one tends to shut out the world around him and retreat within his mind. This happens everyday, but it is not a healthy response because people tend to lose their social skills when they do not use them regularly. They find it increasingly difficult to relate in the proper manner with those around them. This leads to a breakdown of understanding, which is a crucial part of communication, and everyone knows when communication breaks down, soon senseless conflict rushes into the equation. Do we really need more conflict internationally, nationally, interpersonally, or intrapersonally? The answer across the board is, "No."
All of that is resultant of people shutting out a cold, bitter world. Almost everyone has been in that mindset at some point in their lives. The world is what we perceive it to be and nothing more. If everywhere we look we see people doing bad, we will perceive an ill-fated world, but, on the other hand, if we see nothing but beautiful sights, sounds, and deeds, perceptions will change for the positive. Either way, the world we see around us affects the way we will react to it.
The arts, which are made up of the works of creative artists, are the way to a more perfect system. Creativity is contagious. It breeds invention and innovation. What is an innovation if not an improvement made upon an already existing idea? Is there anyone out there who disputes that our global society is not in need of any improvements?
Now imagine a world led by the collective creativity of the human race. Imagine discarding a decaying system both outdated and failing. Could a system be erected which could truly be impregnable to the greed and corruptionperpetrated by lawyers, politicians, big business and law enforcement gone bad? I wonder, but our end goal must always be to reach that destination on the other side of possible. If we strive for the unattainable we will always surpass mediocrity, landing far beyond what was initially considered "possible".
Imagine a world where the great minds commit to existence great words, images, ideas, inventions, and deeds geared towards a more peaceful, more humane world. Rampant creative juices would flow from people artistically dry most of their lives, feeding others as well as being fed by others.Take this well-known dynamic of art feeding off of art and think what will happen when we bring about this Renaissance and art invades our whole way of living:
A poet is moved to write love-laced verses which convey his undying adoration after being entranced by his woman's beautiful smile. A songwriter happens upon the poem, and he gets permission to add both additional verses and music to accompany them. Later those verses will be sung by a vocalist wanting to give the song his distinctive sound, and the music will be delivered by a band equally distinctive. A filmmaker, who is polishing up his newest masterpiece [which is composed of the actions of dramatic actors, a script adapted from a novel, lighting and set design by creative specialists in those fields] is looking for a song themed apt enough to be used within his production. And so on and so on....an endless cycle blissfully feeding on itself over and over.
As stated previously, this dynamic already happens, and it is beautiful yet somewhat dilluted by greed and the resulting artistic concessions which are made often in order to appease studio executives and fickle masses. Art must flourish beyond the commercialized big businesses of today. It must overtake pop culture, rushing passed the greed, and bringing an upswing unending in the art house productions and grassroots, independent projects of every art. When we allow art to grasp our society, it will begin to be transformed into a humanistic masterpiece unimaginable.
As of now, our evils grossly outweigh our goodness. The Aesthetic Renaissance being called for is needed to put our souls back into balance. It will bring about the social revolution essential for denting our problems to the point they no longer seem unsurpassable, thus abling us to tame them.
One might be inclined to ask, "What problems can the arts really reduce or remove?" In a society that thrives on the arts and their ability to constantly bring fresh innovations into actions, the skyrocketing crime rate would fall, as would the rising suicide rate, and instances of homelessness, and stress-related illnesses.
Hopefully, we will one day know. If the human race is to continue to thrive alterations must be made soon. Just as medieval Europe was lifted out of the Dark Ages by the introduction of paper, a great new society will emerge in the coming years ushered in via the internet. The Aesthetic Renaissance is upon us.