Art Matters When The World Goes Strange

What use is art as the world looks to be headed to war? Aren’t there more important things to be thinking about? “I agree that art is useless, but so is life, and it’s precisely our awareness of the ‘uselessness’ of life that makes us want to struggle to give it purpose, and to give that purpose meaning. We’re told that we’re engaged in a Manichean contest between ‘civilisation’ and ‘terrorism’ to create ‘a new world order’. If anything is to change, what we need is to understand ourselves better as well as understanding those who are different from us.”