Everything connects. And it always has.
Think for a moment about the arts and entertainment. These expressions of dance, film, literature, music, television, theater, and the visual arts do not take place in a vacuum. Despite a society’s best efforts to compartmentalize them or deem them trivial or less important, they intersect with each of the planet’s most important dynamics.
In order to assert my point, here’s a lengthy, although not exhaustive, sampling of these dynamics and their impact on the arts:
War/International Relations: Can catalyze expression, and sometimes suppression, of the arts
It is no wonder that, throughout western history, artists have been the ones who most profoundly communicate the emotions, perspectives, and yearnings that are common to those within their communities. The best artists possess and cultivate an intuitive sense of connecting the dots between so many of these different dynamics, seeing how each impacts the whole.
Each of us, artist or not, would do well to grow our own integral thinking and see that no action is too small to not impact the interrelated system we call life on Earth.