I have been fascinated by ancient Egyptian and Mayan history for a very long time. Most recently I’ve found some outstanding movies that explore their culture in a very different light. If you’re interested, you might want to check out The Pyramid Code. It’s an extensive documentary including five episodes. I’m not an archeologist and I don’t pretend to be an expert by any means. But this series is amazing…not just because it tells a fascinating story but because it raises all kinds of questions.
I’ve also been deeply aware of what futurists like Toffler had to say about how society would be changing – remember he wrote in the 60s but his observations sure appear to be coming true.
Today, on my Facebook page I found the following interesting graphic. Now artists include writers, sculptors, musicians – all creative arts so do feel free to insert the art of your choice, here.
The message holds true also for those volunteers who give so freely of their talents and energies to make this a better place for all of us to enjoy.
It’s pretty sad, I think, that we’re still waging this silent war for equality. As far back as I can remember I have been taught that “you have talent and you should be sharing it.” And, I’ve been told over and again “everyone’s a writer”, “anyone can paint a picture or learn to play the organ and the gazoo or any other instrument.” I’ve been told over and again – even in the last year or two on the internet – that we can find hundreds of thousands of people who would do this (whatever art you wish to include here but usually writing – so they can get their names in the public eye. There’s no need to worry about paying a fair wage it only takes a little time.” Internet marketers are notorious for undercutting the writers and artists they hire to building their empires.
Well, it hit me like a ton of bricks. We’ve been so focused on technology that we forget:
Technology analyzes our surroundings and builds tools that, hopefully, will make life a little easier. But it’s the creative people who use those tools Creative people use those tools to create monuments that speak volumes to the human spirit.
Ancient Egypt and Mayans and other cultures have a story to tell us. It’s really quite simple. We are probably not the most advanced civilization this world has been host to. We still haven’t figured out how they created those fantastic Pyramids and temples that are still being discovered. But more than that, it’s not the technology and tools that survived the centuries. It’s the glorious art that takes our breath away.
The ancients had secrets that have been lost along the way like how did they create all those monuments of their civilization – what technology did they use. Maybe we will re-learn these mysteries. But in the meantime we will continue to marvel at the magnificent works of art they left for us…and remember the arts have intrinsic value beyond calculation and those who create and give of their time and talents deserve an esteemed place in our economic structure..