I speculate, in my young age, how often the term “dying art” was used among generations before. I thought I might name this article “The Generation of the Dying Art”. We often find character and meaning in what was lost. We find ourselves in things that also seam lost.
Sure there are many things to keep our idle hands busy, or more idle. We have the beauty of the internet, the convenience of smart devices, and all the strings that come with it. A constant stage for our ideas, a letter already pre-stamped to anyone we have met, and a library comparable only to Alexander’s. If we ever seam ignorant please ask us about what we do know; or better yet ask us about what makes our hearts sing.
Likely our answers will be filled with things that generations before may have considered a ‘dying art’ but not quite dead. We also have the convenience of being driven by things that have yet to be. I enjoy too many things from generations before, yet what truly drives me is something not yet quite experienced.
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My point being that the internet is preserving many arts once lost or quickly dying. People are discovering those, that is becoming a part of who they are… it doesn’t stop their though! People are also picking up new arts, with digital art, a new kind of photography with social media, programming, and other interesting things yet to be truly discovered. This generation is finding themselves not generally in the old or the new but in both! The ‘dying art’ is dying, I can’t imagine any art form will fade away. Sadly it may find itself among the dusty books of Alexander’s library but eventually they will be dusted off.
This is the greatness in our wide access and with it comes many drawbacks. When you have a pre-stamped letter it is like you have a responsibility to converse with some that you may not care to. When you have all information available to you it may feel wrong to ever leave a book unread. When you have a stage and a crowd always watching, it may feel wrong to stop performing until you have gone crazy. Pressures have realigned themselves and we must learn to deal with it all.
Can we learn to be superheros when we are granted such great super powers? I sure hope so! I imagine the world a much better place when it is filled with heroes. One line to remember “with great power, comes great responsibility”.