What is art?

All art is useless, I think Oscar Wilde said that.

A fork is useful but I could live without a fork. Art is use-less but I couldn’t live without it.

We slave away in our so called ‘proper’ jobs doing very important stuff to earn lots of money. We’re told at school and by parents that the arts aren’t important and we need to focus on math, science etc so we can get those ‘proper’ jobs.

Then what do we spend our money on from our proper jobs? Well, art for the house, music to listen to, we go to watch a play, we go to the cinema to watch a film, we watch TV, we watch YouTube, we buy a beautifully designed and crafted piece of furniture, we pay an architect to design our new house, we buy a beautifully designed fancy car that looks amazing and so on.

Yep, we work hard to spend our money on stuff that artists, musicians, actresses, designers, architects, creative writers, and so on, who have worked tirelessly as an artist to bring you their art to entertain you or for your enjoyment.

Art is imperfect and it is the imperfect that we love in life, the cracks are how the light gets in.

Useful things are just that, utilitarian and functional. Art is the life and soul of the party, the reason to be alive.

Art is life and without it life would be just useful. I want a use-less life filled with art.

We’re here to fart around

I’m sitting here about to write today’s blog, which I have decided to be about not sitting in front of a screen, be it our mobile phones, tablets or PCs, and it’s ironic that you’ll read it on a screen!

We are not on this planet to just sit staring at a screen, mainly observing someone else’s life whether through the fiction of TV/Film etc or through reality of YouTube and social media.

We are here to jump for joy, climb trees, splash in puddles, dance on the beach, run through a field of tall grass, laugh, smile, cry, be with other people.

The being with other people is the real thing that is disappearing rapidly through the advancing erosion of human contact that we seem evermore keen to embrace through a digital world.

Instead of buying a book online, we could walk to the bookshop and talk to people on the way, we can observe others, we can enjoy being away from mental stimulus of our smartphones, we can stop and have a coffee and watch the world go by. All of these experiences teach us and enrich us. They allow us to bring our light to the world for others and for us to experience the light of others. The energies that we all transmit like beacons to light up others.

We won’t get this from shopping online.

Kurt Vonnegut once said ‘we’re here on Earth to fart around’, adding ‘we’re dancing animals…let’s all get up and move around a bit right now…or at least dance’.

We are not here to be stuck in a chair staring at a screen, go and fart around, and there doesn’t have to be a reason or a purpose. Just be.