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I saw this Reddit image through a “Friends Only” post of a Facebook friend of mine and I really think it is worth sharing. The said post seemed to have come from a projected image with the statement of a scientist named Gus Speth. Searching further, he turned out to be James Gustave Speth, an American environmental lawyer and advocate.
My two cents:
I firmly believe that art, humanities, and social sciences should be in-charge with what these dear scientists couldn’t do. Unfortunately, for many generations up to now, these fields have been generally frowned upon in as basic as the family unit. Children wanting to take art courses and eventually careers in art are often challenged not to, and at times get “criminalized” for pursuing their passion even if they are clearly wired that way.
When they are forced to the other side, they often become robots, slaves to capitalism, or are forced to make ends meet as victims of consumerism and addiction. They further contribute to these serious problems because they are “doing,” they are not “being.” While it is true that these fields are often not paid as much as the likes of doctors, engineers, or accountants, ultimately because of the root problem of not putting value to non-science and non-math professions, a person who developed into a well-rounded individual, someone who explored both sides of the spectrum well, someone who chose to do art than medicine because s/he is wired that way would be ready to face the challenges to find a balance between living with a sense of fulfillment and surviving the needs in the mundane world.
They may not become part of the current 1% of the world population who “owns the mundane world,” but they are happy, thriving, and they surviving. And most importantly, they help the world by not being selfish, greedy, and apathetic. They are socially, morally, and environmentally responsible and they help make this world a better place.
So stop undermining the value of art, humanities, and social sciences. They are equally important as the physical sciences and mathematics — unless you prefer to live your lives as robots and reach eventual self-destruction and world abomination.
Bottomline, art and science should work together the way human beings’ right and left brains do.
Check out this other post for more inspiration about how the right and left brains develop: https://www.vincegowmon.com/the-right-brain-develops-first/