Why do we need art?
Art is a means of expression and communication, dating back to long before the ancient Greeks and Romans. It is a way to tell stories and have one’s stories last beyond their lifetime. One can experience art and realize what was going on during a specific time or place. Art also allows one to recognize the depth of human emotions and intellect and communicate how one truly feels. It allows one to understand the perspectives of others who may be very different from them and have very different experiences.
Something Mel finds disappointing is how he thinks nowadays society has neglected art and personal depth with a new preference instead being placed on commercial consumerism. He is concerned that some postmodern people have a preference for shallow, homogeneous stories in art over depth, uniqueness and honesty. Contemporary Art has increased in popularity in recent years, and many pieces may not carry any meaning at all and instead exist as commerce status symbols or to incite human’s brutal feelings rather than tell one’s temperament.
These statements reflect Mr. Kong’s appreciation of depth, understanding, honesty, nonconformity, and being unique, which are qualities we can all agree are valuable.