“All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt!”
Lucy Van Pelt
A Non-WoW Posting
The very first modern musical, Showboat which was staged in 1927, dealt with a tough topic: racism.
Pablo Picasso painted the abstract Guernica in 1937. An anti-war piece that was so strong that is hung in the United Nations! Reminding all of the ambassadors around the world to not go to war.
In 1949, a musical called South Pacific won a Pulitzer Prize. It’s song “You’ve got to be carefully taught” deals with racism.
In 1953, Arthur Miller wrote the stage play The Crucible. It is about the Salem witch hunts as an allegory for the McCarthy blacklisting and communism. Seeing the politicians of today talk about Muslims in America, we can still learn!
The artists are making work that cope and comment on the hard issues. Not all artists, of course. Some make pretty pictures and funny movies, some write poetry and books, some dance.
I could list more (believe me) on artists. But all I want to say is:
Take your kid to the ballgame, for sure. But drop by a museum too. Try a stage play.
You don’t have to be sophisticated or cultured or artistic or educated or anything to gain, for yourself, a deeper understanding of yourself and the world around you.